Citizenship and the American Cause

Join us on April 11 & 12, 2013, for our 9th annual conference, titled:
“Citizenship and the American Cause.”

Please join us on the beautiful campus of Grove City College for our annual two-day conference, featuring a stellar cast of leading intellectuals and commentators. We’ll discuss many questions pertaining to America’s citizenship challenges and opportunities. Surveys demonstrate that millions of Americans just don’t understand the underlying principles of our free, democratic republic. Is it any wonder that we face issues like a struggling public education system, a “fiscal cliff,” whopping unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities, and a whole host of alarming social ills? Of course, there’s hope! We must relearn, teach, and communicate those basic principles of citizenship that have made our country great.

Join us and our marquee lineup of speakers as we address these citizenship issues and many more at the “Citizenship and the American Cause” conference. As a bonus, we’ll give you 18 original papers written specifically for this enlightening event! We hope to see you at Grove City College, where you’ll hear nationally syndicated radio host and best-selling author Michael Medved speak on “How the Jewish-American past can inform the nation’s future,” Intercollegiate Studies Institute scholar and researcher Dr. Richard Brake on America’s alarming lack of civic knowledge, Drs. Paul Kengor and Steven Jones on “Who’s Un-American? Communists and Muslims in America,” Pepperdine’s Ted McAllister on “Progressivism and Citizenship,” and Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute on “Family and Citizenship.” This conference is loaded! For more topics, please see the links and conference schedule below.

As you interact with some of America’s leading intellectuals, enjoy wonderful banquet meals, and relax on Grove City College’s spectacular campus, you’ll be making an investment in our nation’s future and yourself. Join us in our mission to restore the faith and freedom foundation of American citizenship and advance liberty around the world!

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(Please note: Meals for Day 1 of the conference have sold out. Please contact Brenda Vinton
at 724-450-1541 if you would like to be put on the wait list for Thursday meals.)

Speaker Biographies»

Thursday, April 11, 2013

9:30-9:50 | Harbison Chapel
“The Christian’s Duty to the State” by Dr. T. David Gordon

10:00-11:15 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“American Citizenship: From Traditional to Progressive Values” by Dr. L. John Van Til and Dr. John A. Sparks ’66

11:30-12:45 | Lunch in Old MAP (for those who register for meals)
“Immigration, Assimilation and Citizenship: How the Jewish-American Past Can Inform the Nation’s Future” by Michael Medved (nationally syndicated radio talk show host, best-selling author, and veteran film critic)

1:00-2:15 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“The American Cause” by Richard Brake (national director of education at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute), Gleaves Whitney (director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies) & Dr. Michael Coulter ’91

2:30-3:45 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Tension! Biblical and Early American Views of Citizenship, Limited Government and the Common Good” by Dr. Gary Scott Smith ’72, Dr. T.David Gordon and Dr. Paul Kemeny

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“The Good Life in Greece, Rome and America” by Dr. David DiQuattro ’02, Dr. Mark Graham and Dr. Andrew Harvey

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)
“Who’s Un-American? Communists and Muslims in America” by Center for Vision & Values Executive Director Dr. Paul Kengor and Dr. Steven Jones

7:00-8:00 Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“From Immigration to Citizenship: A Conversation with Helen Krieble” by Helen 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”) and Center for Vision & Values Executive Director Dr. Paul Kengor

Friday, April 12, 2013

9:00-9:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“The Erosion of Citizenship by Consumerism” by William Cavanaugh (senior research professor at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology of DePaul University)

10:00-10:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Around the Tables and in the Pews: Forging the Next Generation of Citizens” by Dr. David Ayers and Dr. Gary Welton

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Social Media, Civic Engagement and the Rise of the Citizen-Consumer” by Dr. Jennifer Scott Mobley ’99

11:30-12:45 | Lunch in Old MAP (for those who register for meals)
“The Citizen as Soldier: Military Service and the Making of a Citizen”* by Glen Meakem (Desert Storm-U.S. Army veteran, successful technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and conservative talk radio show host)
*Sponsored by David (U.S. Naval Academy 1974) and Anne Marie Teply

1:00-1:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Progressivism and Citizenship” by Ted McAllister (Edward L. Gaylord Chair and associate professor of public policy at Pepperdine University)

2:00-2:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Tories and Thomas Jefferson” by Dr. Gillis Harp and Dr. Warren Throckmorton

3:00-3:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Where Have You Gone Horatio Alger?: The American Dream Today” by Dr. Marvin Folkertsma and Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

3:00-3:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Room 110
“Booster, Protester, or Both:  the American Writer as Citizen” by Dr. Eric Potter

5:15-6:30 | Dinner in Old MAP (for those who register for meals)
“James Madison and Republican Citizenship” by Colleen Sheehan (professor of politics at Villanova University, director of the Ryan Center for Free Institutions and the Public Good)

7:00-8:00 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Family and Citizenship” by Jennifer Roback Morse (founder and president of the Ruth Institute, a project of the National Organization for Marriage)