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Hadley Arkes

"That City on a Hill: Life in a Morally Demanding Place"
EDWARD N. NEY PROFESSOR IN AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS,
AMHERST COLLEGE

Hadley Arkes is the Edward N. Ney Professor of American Institutions at Amherst College, where he has taught since 1966. Among his books are The Philosopher in the City, First Things, Beyond the Constitution and Natural Rights & the Right to Choose. His most recent book is Constitutional Illusions & Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, National Review, First Things (the journal), The Claremont Review, and he writes a regular column for the web journal The Catholic Thing. Arkes has been a fellow of the Wilson Center of the Smithsonian, the visiting Leavey professor at Georgetown, a visiting professor of public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School, and the Vaughan fellow in the Madison Program at Princeton University. His B.A. is from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

 

Michael Barone

"Restoring Reaganesque Exceptionalism in Politics"
SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST, WASHINGTON EXAMINER, AND RESIDENT FELLOW, AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE

Michael Barone is senior political analyst at the Washington Examiner and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School and was an editor of the Harvard Crimson and the Yale Law Journal. His books include Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired Americaís Founding Fathers, The Almanac of American Politics, The New Americans: How the Melting Pot Can Work Again, and Our Country: The Shaping of America From Roosevelt to Reagan. His travels have taken him to all 50 states, to all 435 congressional districts and to 37 countries. Barone is a contributor to FOX News Channel. He was awarded the Bradley Prize in 2010.

 

James Ceaser

"The Origins of the Idea of Exceptionalism"
PROFESSOR OF POLITICS, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

James W. Ceaser is professor of politics at the University of Virginia and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of Presidential Selection, Reconstructing America, Liberal Democracy & Political Science, Reforming the Reforms, Nature and History in American Political Development, and Designing a Polity. His visiting professorships include appointments at the University of Florence, the University of Basel, Oxford University, the University of Bordeaux and the University of Rennes. As an analyst of American politics, his commentary regularly appears in many forums, including the Voice of America. He holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

 

Daniel L. Dreisbach

"A Peculiar People in a Chosen Nation: Religion and American National Identity"
PROFESSOR OF JUSTICE, LAW AND SOCIETY, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

Daniel L. Dreisbach, a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a D.Phil., also holds a JD from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. He served as a clerk on the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. His scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as the American Journal of Legal History, Constitutional Commentary, and William and Mary Quarterly. Among his books are Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State, Religion and Politics in the Early Republic, and Real Threat and Mere Shadow: Religious Liberty and the First Amendment. He is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University.

 

Steven Hayward

"Back to the Future: Ronald Reaganís Exceptionalism for a New Century"
F.K. WEYERHAEUSER FELLOW, AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE

As a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (Washington, D.C.) and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute (San Francisco, Calif.), Steven F. Hayward has written a two-volume political history of Ronald Reagan, The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964-1980, and The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counter-Revolution, 1980-1989. He is also the author of Churchill on Leadership: Executive Success in the Face of Adversity and Greatness: Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders. He is also the author of PRIís online Almanac of Environmental Trends and AEIís Energy and Environment Outlook. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Review and The Weekly Standard. He earned a B.S. at Lewis and Clark College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School.

 

Hugh Heclo

"Varieties of American Exceptionalism"
CLARENCE J. ROBINSON PROFESSOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS,
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

Since 1987, Hugh Heclo has been Robinson Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Prior to moving to Virginia he was a tenured professor in the government department at Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (1970) from Yale University. For the past ten years, he has served on the 12-member multidisciplinary Scholars Council advising the Librarian of Congress. In 2002 Heclo was honored by the American Political Science Association with the John Gaus Award for lifetime achievement in the combined scholarly fields of public administration and political science. His most recent books are Christianity and American Democracy and On Thinking Institutionally (2008).

 

William Kristol

"Is Exceptionalism a Myth? Has It Always Been?"
EDITOR, THE WEEKLY STANDARD

William Kristol regularly appears on FOX News Sunday and FOX News Channel. His books include the co-authored New York Times bestseller, The War Over Iraq, and a recent anthology, The Weekly Standard: A Reader: 1995-2005. Before coming to Washington, D.C., to serve as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle and to Secretary of Education William Bennett, he taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and at Harvardís Kennedy School of Government.

 

George H. Nash

"Ronald Reaganís Vision of America"
SENIOR FELLOW, RUSSEL KIRK CENTER FOR CULTURAL RENEWAL

George H. Nash is the author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 and Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism. He is also the author of a definitive, three-volume, scholarly biography of Herbert Hoover. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, the National Archives and several presidential libraries and has twice served as president of the Philadelphia Society. His writings have appeared in the National Review, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Book Review. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College (Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.