Independence Hall
America the Beautiful
October 7-8, 2011
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Biographical Information for Speakers


7:00 - 7:20 The Windrush Ensemble, Directed by Carlton Monroe   

7:20 - 9:15 Dinner

Chairman, G. Philip Hughes, White House Writers Group   

Ken Blackwell, Welcome to Cincinnati and Invocation   

Keynote Speaker, Philip Bess, University of Notre Dame, Till We Have Built Jerusalem, Powerpoint Presentation


8:30 - 9:45 All Beauty is Local, if Not Provincial

Chairman, Victoria Hughes, A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates

Bill Campbell, The Philadelphia Society, Beauty is Local, Look Around You

Alan Harrelson, Mississippi State University Donald Davidson, Country Picking and Agrarianism His live banjo performance   

10:00 - 11:30 The Unbought Grace of Life and the Market

Chairman, Joseph F. Johnston, Jr., Liberty Fund, Inc.

Ian Crowe, Brewton-Parker College, The Sublime and the Beautiful in America

Elizabeth Corey, Baylor University, Beauty: Beyond Politics & Ideology

David Smith, Baylor University, Money for Art


11:45 - 1:15 Chairman, Lenore Ealy, Thinkitechture

Arthur Pontynen, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Western Culture at the American Crossroads

1:30 - 3:00 Public Spaces, New Urbanism, Smart Growth

Chairman, Howard Segermark, National Civic Art Society

Nikos Salingaros, University of Texas at San Antonio   

Catesby Leigh, Art and Architectural Critic

Jane Shaw Stroup, John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, Public Spaces, New Urbanism, Smart Growth

Saturday Night Optional Dinner Sponsored by the Ashbrook Center – The Westin Cincinnati

7:00 – 9:00 Dinner, American Exceptionalism

Chairman, Roger Beckett, Ashbrook Center

Rich Lowry, Editor, National Review