Realizing the Vision of the American Founding Today
October 13-14, 2017
Tysons Corner, Virginia

The historical events that took place in Philadelphia in 1776 and 1787 have been of importance not only for the United States but have been inspirational for freedom loving people around the world. It is arguable to say that people have most flourished in our world when nations and their leaders have respected and learned from the visions of liberty, justice, and prosperity that inspired the American Founders.  The Fall 2017 meeting of The Philadelphia Society will explore how to give new strength to the vision of our Founding Fathers. How can we use the best knowledge of the Founding and of today to better fulfill the goals of the Constitution?

Realizing the Vision
of the American Founding Today

 Friday, October 13

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: Edwin J. Feulner, President, The Heritage Foundation
Prospects for Conservatism

 Saturday, October 14

8:30 – 10:00 Adams, Jefferson and Competing Visions of the American Founding
Chairman: David J. Bobb, Bill of Rights Institute
Kevin Gutzman, Western Connecticut State University
Richard Samuelson, California State University, San Bernardino

 10:15 – 11:30 First Amendment Liberties, Then and Now
Chairman: Jason Ross
Ryan Anderson, The Heritage Foundation
Mark David Hall, George Fox University


12:00 – 1:40 Chairman: Samuel Gregg, Acton Institute
Luncheon Address: John Allison, Wake Forest University
The Philosophic Fight for the Future of America

2:00 – 3:30 Choosing Paths to Prosperity: Foundations and Frontiers in Economic Policy
Chairman: Brian Domitrovic, Sam Houston State University
Warren Coats, International Monetary Fund (retired)
Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, University of Pennsylvania

3:30 – 4:00 Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30 The Security of the Free Society
Chairman: G. Philip Hughes, White House Writers’ Group
Erik Prince, Frontier Services Group
William P. Ruger, Charles Koch Institute