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Join us and our lineup of marquee speakers and educators for an engaging conference titled “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind ” on April 19 & 20, 2012, when we will discuss the history of conservatism and the challenge of unifying its various factions around the political quest for the White House. Sessions featuring off-campus speakers will include a moderated on-stage discussion between compassionate conservative, author of “The Tragedy of American Compassion” Marvin Olasky and libertarian “Mr. Tea Party” President of FreedomWorks Matt Kibbe ’85. We’ll feature Michael and Jonathan Medved (leading Israeli venture capitalist) on “When I’m 64: Conservative American Views of Israel Since 1948,” George W. Bush’s chief speech writer and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, Helen Krieble of the Krieble Foundation on a private sector solution to the immigration problem and Heritage Foundation Vice President for External Relations Becky Norton Dunlop on “Fusionism & All That Conservative Jazz!” Our own Dr. Paul
Kengor will speak about the master of implementing a fusionist election strategy, Ronald Reagan. The Challenge 2012 will be a dynamic educational experience!

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

8:30-9:45 | Breakfast in Old MAP, sponsored by WORLD Magazine
“Conservative Issues in Journalism” by Warren Cole Smith (Vice President of WORLD News Group)

10:00-11:15 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“The History of the Divided Conservative Mind” by Dr. L. John Van Til and Dr. John A. Sparks ’66

11:00-noon | Hall of Arts and Letters / Atrium
“The Matter at Hand” — radio show by Larry Weidman (founder and general manager of WGRC 91.3 FM in Lewisburg, Pa.)

11:30-12:45 | Lunch in Old MAP (for those who register for meals)
“When I’m 64: Israel & American Conservatives since 1948” by Michael Medved (nationally syndicated radio talk show host, best-selling author, and veteran film critic) & Jon Medved (venture capitalist, co-founder, CEO and director of Vringo)

1:00-2:15 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Healthcare Policy in the Age of Obamacare: Perspectives from a Physician & an Economist” by Dr. Clare Gray (board-certified physician and founder of “Physicians for Reform”) & Dr. Tracy C. Miller

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Conservative Challenges in the Culture War” by Dr. Joseph J. Horton & Dr. Warren Throckmorton

2:30-3:45 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Challenges in the Sciences: Educational Policy, the Academy and Funding for Research” by Dr. Stacy Birmingham & Dr. William Birmingham

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Twainiac Conservatism: Twain Versus Croly on America” by Dr. Marvin Folkertsma
“What We Have Forgotten” by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

3:00-6:00 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Atrium
“The Michael Medved Show” — radio show by Michael Medved (nationally syndicated radio talk show host, best-selling author and veteran film critic)

5:15-6:30 | Dinner in Old MAP (for those who register for meals)
“Was President Coolidge a Conservative?” by Dr. L. John Van Til

7:00-8:00 | Crawford Auditorium / Crawford Hall
“Can We Get Along?: Libertarians & Compassionate Conservatives in 2012,” a keynote discussion between Marvin Olasky (editor in chief of WORLD Magazine and author of “The Tragedy of American Compassion”) & Matt Kibbe (president and CEO of FreedomWorks and coauthor of New York Times bestseller “Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto”) with Dr. Michael L. Coulter ’91 & Dr. Steven Jones

Friday, April 20, 2012

9:00-9:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Heroic Conservatism in 2012” by Michael Gerson (nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post and author of “Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America’s Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don’t)”)

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Conservatives & the Economy: Assessing the Critical Issues” by Dr. Jeffrey M. Herbener & Dr. Shawn Ritenour

10:00-10:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Prudent Start-Up Manufacturing: Why China is a Sound Business Choice for Entrepreneurs” by Dr. Linda J. Christie
“Corporate social responsibility: The New Socialism” by Dr. Andrew W. Markley

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“‘School-holm” Syndrome’—The History of Federal Legislative Involvement in American Schooling” by Dr. Jason R Edwards

11:00-noon | Hall of Arts and Letters / Atrium
“The Matter at Hand” — radio show by Larry Weidman (founder and general manager of WGRC 91.3 FM in Lewisburg, PA)

11:30-12:45 | Lunch in Old MAP (for those who register for meals)
“Conservatives, Liberals, and Government Regulation of American Business” by Dr. Craig Columbus

1:00-1:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Immigration & Border Security: The Red Card Solution” by Helen E. Krieble (founder and president of The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation and author of “Two Paths to Safety: A Private Sector Initiative to Break the Illegal Immigration Deadlock”)

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“A Southern Conservative in the Modern World” by Dr. H. Collin Messer

2:00-2:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Conservatism & Christianity” by Dr. T. David Gordon
“Evangelical Intellectuals’ Criticisms of the Religious Right: Is This the End of the Evangelical-Republican Marriage?” by Dr. Paul C. Kemeny

2:00-2:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Room 208
“Conservatism and the Media” by Dr. Jennifer A. Scott ’99 & Dr. Kimberly M. Miller

3:00-3:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“More Challenges in the Sciences: From Evolution to Environmentalism” by Dr. Glenn Marsch & Dr. Erik J. Anderson

Simultaneous lecture | Hall of Arts and Letters / Room 208
“Conservatives and the Faith of Barack Obama” by Dr. Gary Scott Smith ’72

5:15-6:30 | Dinner in Old MAP (for those who register for meals)
“Bush Conservatism and Reagan Conservatism” by Center for Vision & Values Executive Director Dr. Paul Kengor

7:00-8:00 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Fusionism and All That Conservative Jazz” by Becky Norton Dunlop (vice president for external relations at The Heritage Foundation and former deputy assistant for presidential personnel, special assistant to the president, director of the cabinet office in the Reagan White House)

 

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