Independence Hall
Pursuit of Truth: Inside and Outside the Academy
October 23-24, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana

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The Pursuit of Wisdom and the Enrichment of Human Life

Chairman: Roger Ream, The Fund for American Studies   

Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana, Welcoming Remarks PDF   

Edwin J. Feulner, Jr., The Heritage Foundation, Special Tribute to Ben Rogge and Pierre Goodrich PDF   

Keynote Address, Richard Gunderman, Prof. of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy at Indiana University   

Friday Night Reception:

Our Friends Pursuing the Truth Outside the Academy PDF

Remarks by Bill Campbell, Secretary of The Philadelphia Society PDF

Bestowal of Honorary Degree to Morton Blackwell, President of the Leadership Institute by Richard Bishirjian, President of Yorktown University PDF


8:30 – 10:00 The Liberal Arts, Civic Virtue, and Character Formation

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

Richard Gamble, Hillsdale College PDF   

Hans Zeiger, Senior Fellow, American Civil Rights Union PDF   

Russell Nieli, Princeton University   

10:15 – 11:45 Assaults on Truth Seeking

Chairman: Stephen H. Balch, National Association of Scholars, Director of Special Projects   

Peter Wood, President, National Association of Scholars   

Jane Shaw Stroup, The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy PDF   

Thor Halvorssen, President, The Human Rights Foundation

Luncheon: Wealth, Unreality, and Our Virtual World

12:00 – 1:30 Chairman: Joseph A. Morris, Lincoln Legal Foundation   

James R. Otteson, Yeshiva University PDF   

2:00 – 3:30 The Economics of Education

Chairman: Joseph Bast, The Heartland Institute   

Richard Vedder, Ohio University PDF   

Dwight Lee, Southern Methodist University PDF   

George Leef, The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy PDF   

4:00 – 5:30 The Pursuit of Wisdom in the Age of the Internet

Chairman: Steven Ealy, Liberty Fund PDF   

Richard J. Bishirjian, Yorktown University PDF   

E. Christian Kopff, University of Colorado, Boulder   

James Bowman, Resident Scholar, The Ethics and Public Policy Center   

Saturday Reception and Dinner – Hosted by The Liberty Fund

6:00 – 9:00 The Pursuit of Truth and the Education of the Gifted

Master of Ceremonies: Chris L. Talley, President & CEO, The Liberty Fund   

Chairman: T. Alan Russell, The Liberty Fund, Welcome to The Liberty Fund   

Introducer of Charles Murray: Emilio J. Pacheco, Executive Vice President, The Liberty Fund   

Charles Murray, American Enterprise Institute, On Holding Feet To the Fire: The Pursuit of Truth and the Education of the Gifted