Americans and Identity in the 21st Century
October 2-3, 2015
Indianapolis, IN

Overview

 A generation ago at the end of the Cold War many believed America was entering a time of renewed purpose.  The values of ordered liberty triumphed over Communism and collectivism, indeed they underscored what should have been a time of flourishing across the land.  Yet in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the story of 21st-century America seems to be one of resurging radical progressive priorities.  Identity politics has been shifting social and political dynamics, possibly permanently.  Still on the cusp of this new century as we are, what does it mean to be an American today?  How have our conceptions of ourselves as Americans changed?  How do our understandings of ourselves as Americans shape the possibilities for ordered liberty and constitutional and cultural renewal?


Program

Friday, October 2
4:00 - 6:00 Registration
5:30 - 6:00 Fellowship Orientation
6:00 - 7:00 Reception
7:00 - 9:00 Dinner Program
Chairman: Ingrid A. Gregg, President, The Philadelphia Society
Keynote Address: Reviving National Character in the Midst of Political Disorder
William B. Allen, Michigan State University
Saturday, October
8:30 -10:00 What Defines an American?
Chairman: Herman Belz. University of Maryland (Emeritus)
Richard Gamble, Hillsdale College
Christopher Burkett, Ashbrook Center, Ashland University
Brandon McGinley, Pennsylvania Family Institut
10:15 – 11:45 The Shifting Dimensions of Nationalism
Chairman: Christine Henderson, Liberty Fund, Inc.
Steven Grosby, Clemson University
G.M. Curtis, Hanover College
David French, National Review 
12:00 -1:30 Luncheon
Chairman: Christopher G. Long
Luncheon Address: Americans In An Age Of Parody: Who we are. Who we were. Who we've never been.
Ralph Kinney Bennett, Author & Editorial Consultan
2:00 - 3:30 Identity Across the Americas
Chairman: Ramón Parellada, Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Alejandro Chafuen, Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Carroll Rios Rodriguez, Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Ross Emmett, Michigan State University
3:30 - 4:00 Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:30 To Educate for Citizenship? Can Responsibility and Civic Awareness be Regained?
Chairman: Matthew Spalding, Hillsdale College
Colleen Sheehan, Villanova University
Jay Hein, Sagamore Institute
Wilfred McClay, Oklahoma Universit