The R Street Institute has made available video of their recent online event featuring, not one but TWO Ilyas: Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, and yours truly. We spoke about our respective new books: Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration and Political Freedom, and Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court. [embedded content] As an extra bonus, this is a great opportunity for Volokh Conspiracy readers to learn how to tell the two Ilyas apart, thereby forestalling the growth of the pernicious phenomenon of #IlyaConfusion. To make extra sure, I recommend reading my definitive guide to the subject, which covers all the major distinctions between us, including legal and political issues we differ on, our origins in the rival cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow, and the contrast between Shapiro's notorious sports bigamy versus my exclusive loyalty to Boston teams. You can also watch this 2016 debate in which we crossed swords on the subject of presidential power over immigration. I plan to post a review of Shapiro's insightful book sometime in the near future.
On October 28, 1-2:30 PM EDT (approximate end time), the R Street Institute will host an online event entitled "Between Two Ilyas: Judicial Nominations, Immigration, and Voting with Your Feet." It features not one, but two Ilyas: Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, and myself. We will each be speaking about our respective new books: Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration and Political Freedom, and Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court. As the event description puts it, "Both works grapple extensively with issues of constitutional structure, and both examine the value of limiting and decentralizing political power. These issues could not be timelier…." The event is free and open to the public, and you can register to watch here. To avoid exacerbating the problem of #IlyaConfusion, potential attendees may want to read my definitive guide to how to tell the two Ilyas apart! For further disambiguation, you can watch this 2016 debate in which we crossed swords on the subject of presidential power over immigration. The #IlyaConfusion has, at times, gotten so bad that federal judges and prominent reporters have fallen into the trap, Shapiro's employer (the Cato Institute) once mistakenly attributed some speeches he had given to me, and people have been known to confuse my wife Alison with his wife Kristin, even though the two of them don't actually look all that much alike.
On October 22, 4-5:30 PM eastern time, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government will be hosting me for a virtual talk about my new book Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom. The event is free and open to the public. You don't have to have any Harvard connection to participate. Anyone interested can register here. In addition to my talk, there will be commentary by Harvard economics Professor Edward Glaeser, one of the world's leading experts on urban development and interjurisdictional mobility. It is an honor to take part in this event with him! This presentation is co-sponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. The Introduction to my book, which provides an overview of the rest, is available for free download here. I have pledged to donate 50% of all royalties from the book to charities supporting refugees.