Big Questions Facing the Free Society
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
Reverend Robert A. Sirico, President, Acton Institute - Keynote Address: Human Nature & The Free Society
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
Response of Robert Koons, University of Texas at Austin
Response of James Matthew Wilson, Villanova University
12:00 - 1:40 Luncheon
Chairman: Christopher G. Long, 1st Vice President, The Philadelphia Society
Thomas E. Lynch, Senior Managing Director, Mill Road Capital - Tradition, Discovery, and the Free Society
2:00 - 3:30 The Universities and the Free Society
Chairman: Larry P. Arnn, Hillsdale College
Address: Thomas Lindsay, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Response of Antonio Cabrera, Mackenzie Economic Freedom Center (Brazil)
Response of 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
Response of Michael C. Munger, Duke University
Response of Michael Maibach, former Vice President, Intel Corporation (1983-2001)
7:00 - 9:00 Saturday Optional Dinner sponsored by ISI
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)


No audio is available for this meeting.