Big Questions Facing the Free Society
2018 Spring Meeting
April 6-8, 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

At this meeting we seek to examine several “Big Questions” that will increasingly influence the prospects for human freedom and flourishing in the U.S. and around the world. We will take up important matters about culture, religion, technology, education, and the future of freedom in the United States and abroad.

Attendance is by invitation only.

Friday, April 6

4:00 - 6:00 Registration

5:30 - 6:00 Fellowship Orientation

6:00 - 7:00 Reception –

7:00 - 9:00 Dinner - Chairman: Alejandro A. Chafuen, President, The Philadelphia Society

Keynote Address: Human Nature & The Free Society

Reverend Robert A. Sirico, President, Acton Institute

Saturday, April 7

8:30 - 9:30 Annual Breakfast Meeting of the Membership (Members only)

10:00 - 11:30 Religion and the Free Society

Chairman: Bradley C. S. Watson, Saint Vincent College

Address: Wilfred McClay, University of Oklahoma


Robert Koons, University of Texas at Austin

James Matthew Wilson, Villanova University

12:00 - 1:40 Luncheon

Chairman: Christopher G. Long, 1st Vice President, The Philadelphia Society

Luncheon Address: Tradition, Discovery, and the Free Society

Thomas E. Lynch, Senior Managing Director, Mill Road Capital

2:00 - 3:30 The Universities and the Free Society

Chairman: Larry P. Arnn, Hillsdale College

Address: Thomas Lindsay, Texas Public Policy Foundation


Antonio Cabrera, Mackenzie Economic Freedom Center (Brazil)

Adam Kissell, U S Department of Education

3:30 - 4:00 Coffee Break

4:00 - 5:30 Technology and the Free Society

Chairman: Hal Hayward, Bravia Capital

Address: Mark Mills, The Manhattan Institute


Michael C. Munger, Duke University

Michael Maibach, former Vice President, Intel Corporation (1983-2001)

Saturday Optional Dinner sponsored by ISI (Please see insert for details)

Sunday, April 8

8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast Buffet

8:45 - 10:30 More Big Questions

Chairman: Samuel Gregg, 2nd Vice President, The Philadelphia Society


Frank Buckley, George Mason University

Colleen Sheehan, Villanova University

Daniel Lacalle, Tressis SV (Spain)