The Future of Conservatism in a Bewildering Age
2019 Spring Meeting
March 29-31, 2019
Chicago, Illinois

This meeting marks the 55th Anniversary of the Society, which was founded in 1964 “to sponsor the interchange of ideas in the interest of deepening the intellectual foundations of a free and ordered society….”   
Wondrous technological, political, and cultural change has occurred over these past 55 years–even if man himself has changed little if at all.  Rapid economic globalization lifted nearly everyone from poverty, while thrusting many people into a  state of angst and confusion.  The digital revolution put all the knowledge known to man into the palm of the hands of Third World tribesmen, while Ivy League professors seemingly lost Western Civilization’s storehouse of wisdom.  Looking ahead, the transhumanist movement seeks to harness science and biotechnology to accelerate the evolution of human capabilities, with hopes of transcending even the boundary of death.  Many fear that artificial intelligence threatens to leave humans without meaningful work to engage them in their walk through the world.  Money, once the stuff of hard metal, then fiat paper, is rapidly becoming little more than digital signals.  With so many strange and new issues affecting culture, economics, and politics, we seek to explore how conservatives can most effectively engage in bringing the time-tested principles of ordered liberty to bear in shaping a free and humane future.



The Intercollegiate Studies Institute

invites you to attend the

2019 Conservative Book of the Year Award Dinner
Yoram Hazony, author of
The Virtue of Nationalism

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Renaissance Chicago Downtown
(site of The Philadelphia Society meeting)
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Separate registration required.

See more information and registration form here.

2019 Conservative Book Of Year — Saturday dinner invitation

America’s Future Foundation – Chicago Chapter

invites you to attend a special event

How to Talk to People Unlike Us
with Richard Lorenc, Chairman of AFF

Saturday, March 30, 2019
7:00 reception
7:30 program begins

Elephant and Castle: Wabash
185 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
(one block from Renaissance Downtown)

More Information and Registration

The Future of Conservatism in a Bewildering Age

Friday, March 29

3:30 - 5:30 Registration

5:15 - 6:15 President’s Reception (Invitation only)

5:30 - 6:00 Fellowship Orientation

5:30 - 7:00 Opening Reception

7:00 - 9:00 Dinner - Chairman:  Christopher G. Long, President, The Philadelphia Society

An Interview with  Tim Draper, Draper Associates

Hosted by George Gilder, The Discovery Institute


Saturday, March 30

7:30 - 8:45 Annual Breakfast Meeting of the Membership (Members only)

9:00 - 10:15 The Future of Economic Freedom in an Age of Trillion Dollar Companies

Chairman:  Anne Bradley, The Fund for American Studies

Brian Domitrovic, Sam Houston State University

Luigi Zingales, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

10:30 - 11:30 The Future of Freedom in the Digital Age

Jeffrey A. Tucker, American Institute for Economic Research 

12:00 - 1:30 Buffet Luncheon - Announcements and Presentation of the 2019 Baron Award

2:00 - 3:00 The Future of Culture & Enterprise

Makoto Fujimura, Fujimura Institute

3:00 - 3:30 Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:30 The Future of Localism

Mark T. Mitchell, Patrick Henry College

4:45 - 5:45 The Future of Humanity:  Will Machines Replace American Workers?

Jay Richards, The Busch School of Business, Catholic University of America

5:45 - 7:15 Hosted Reception Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the Society

7:30  Optional Dinner sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (additional registration required). 2019 Conservative Book Of Year — Saturday dinner invitation

7:00   Optional Event hosted by America's Future Foundation - Chicago Chapter:  How to talk to people unlike us

Sunday, March 31

8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast Buffet

9:00 - 11:00 Roundtable Discussion: The Future of Truth

Chairman, David Bobb, Bill of Rights Institute

Jerry Gaus, Arizona State University

Philip Magness, American Institute for Economic Research

Michael Matheson Miller, Acton Institute


Renaissance Downtown Chicago
1 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601

The Philadelphia Society Spring Meeting
(Cutoff date for room block is 5:00 p.m.  March 4, 2019)

A dedicated website is now available for your attendees to book their hotel rooms online. Reservations can be made at this web address:

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