The Failure–and Future?–of the Welfare State
October 10-11, 2014
Grand Rapids, Michigan


Friday, October 10
4:00 - 6:00 Registration
5:30 - 6:00 Fellowship Orientation
6:00 - 7:00 Reception
7:00 - 9:00 Dinner – Performance by Hillsdale College Choir
Chairman: Joseph F. Johnston, Jr., President, The Philadelphia Society
Keynote Speaker:  Daniel Hannan, Member of the European Parliament (South East England
Saturday, October 11
8:30 - 10:00 Origins of the Welfare State
Chairman: Paul Kengor, Grove City College
Eric Kurlander, Stetson University
Gillis Harp, Grove City College
Joseph F. Johnston, Jr., President, The Philadelphia Society
10:15 -11:45 Is the Welfare State as Bad as We Think?  Reflecting on the Consequences
Chairman: Harry Veryser, University of Detroit Mercy
Harry Hutchison, George Mason University School of Law
Patrick Fagan, Family Research Council
12:00 - 1:40 Luncheon
Chairman: Ingrid Gregg, The Earhart Foundation
Maura Corrigan, Director, Michigan Department of Human Services
2:00 - 3:30 Philanthropy, Family, and Community Renewal
Chairman: Richard Brake, Institute for Family Studies
Clark Durant, Cornerstone Schools
Heather Pfitzenmaier, The Heritage Foundation
Stuart Ray, Guiding Light Mission
3:30 - 4:00 Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:30 Can the Welfare State be Effectively Limited?
Chairman, Samuel Gregg, Acton Institute
William Voegeli, Claremont Institute
 Kevin Williamson, National Review
Lawson Bader, Competitive Enterprise Institute
6:00 - 7:30 Acton Institute Reception for Philadelphia Society — The Acton Institute, 98 E. Fulton St.
Sunday, October 12
8:30 - 3:00 Optional Visit to The Russell Kirk Center