Independence Hall
Europe, the United States, and the Future of Western Civilization
April 11-13, 2008
Sheraton National Hotel
Arlington, Virginia

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Friday Europe: Old and New

George H. Nash, Historian and Author, Chairman, Nash text   

Linda Bridges, Tribute to Bill Buckley and Vic Milione, Linda Bridges 2008 Text   

Invocation: Gleaves Whitney, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies

Keynote Speaker: Mart Laar, Former Prime Minister of Estonia, Europe: Old and New   


10:00 - 11:30 Europe, Religion, and Christian Culture

William Anthony Hay, Mississippi State University, Chairman   

Samuel Gregg, The Acton Institute   

Michael Burleigh, Hoover Institution, Burleigh Text   

Bart Jan Spruyt, Edmund Burke Foundation   


12:00 - 1:30 Russia and the Future of Europe

Peter W. Schramm, Executive Director, The Ashbrook Center, Chairman   

Richard Pipes, Harvard University   

2:00 - 3:30 Political and Economic Prospects for Europe

John Blundell, Director, Institute of Economic Affairs, London, Chairman   

Enrico Colombatto, University of Torino   

Dennis L. Bark, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution   

Daniel Mahoney, Assumption College   

4:00 - 5:30 The Future of Conservatism and Classical Liberalism in Europe

Mark Henrie, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Chairman   

Alberto Mingardi, Bruno Leoni Institute, Italy   

Roman Joch, Civic Institute, Czech Republic   

Alexandre Pesey, Institut de Formation Politique, France   

Michiel Visser, Trustee of the Edmund Burke Stichting, Netherlands


9:00 - 11:00 Roundtable Discussion – The Role of the U.S. In Defending Western Civilization

Steven F. Hayward, American Enterprise Institute, Chairman   

Robert L. Schuettinger, President, Oxford Study Abroad Program   

Robert R. Reilly, Senior Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council   

Angelo Codevilla, Boston University