To The Republic For Which It Stands
October 1-2, 2003
Williamsburg, Virginia


As always, we use history, the lamp of experience, to provide a reasonable basis for action in the present. We have an historical gallery of classical republicans in our online exhibit: Print Exhibition of Classical Republicans, Whigs, and Tories, 1650-1750.

George Washington reminds us in his First Inaugural Address: “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered, perhaps, as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiment intrusted to the hands of the American people.”

A Tribute to the American Founders
sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute. For more information about the Bill of Rights Institute, visit their website at


Friday, Oct 1
4:00 - 6:00 Registration
5:30 - 6:00 Scholarship Orientation
6:00 - 7:00 Reception
7:00 - 9:00 Dinner
Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation, Chairman
Barbara Elliot, Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation
Speaker Introduction of Forrest McDonald
Forrest McDonald, University of Alabama, Extended Version of Speech
Saturday, Oct 2
8:30 - 10:00 Foundations of Republican Government: Self-Interest, Commerce, and Virtue
James E. Hinish, Jr., Regent University, Chairman
Gary McDowell, University of Richmond
Jean Yarbrough, Bowdoin College
Barry Shain, Colgate University, Speech
10:15 - 11:45 Republicanism, Federalism, and the Constitution
Gary L. Gregg, McConnell Center, University of Louisville, Chairman
Ross Lence, University of Houston
Ralph A. Rossum, Claremont McKenna College, Extended Version of Speech
George Carey, Georgetown University
12:00 - 1:30 Luncheon - The Republic and the Conservative Movement
Charles R. Kesler, Claremont Institute, Chairman
Harry V. Jaffa, Claremont Men's College
2:00 - 3:30 Religion & Republicanism
W. Winston Elliott III, Center for the American Idea, Chairman
Ellis Sandoz, Louisiana State University, Extended Version of Speech
John G. West, Jr., Seattle Pacific University
Daniel L. Dreisbach, American University, Extended Version of Speech
3:30 - 4:00 Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:30 Keeping a Republic: Transmitting the Torch to the Younger Generation
Steven D. Ealy, Liberty Fund, Inc., Chairman
Matthew Spalding, The Heritage Foundation
Stephen Klugewicz, Bill of Rights Institute, Extended Version of Speech
Jeffry Morrison, Regent University, Visiting at Princeton University
C. Bradley Thompson, Ashland University
Saturday Evening Dinner (optional)