Speakers

Hardley ArkesHardley Arkes, Amherst College, the Edward Ney Professor of American Institutions at Amherst College, also serves as a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Cambridge University Press published his most recent book, Natural Rights and the Right to Choose, and Princeton University Press published his five other works: Bureaucracy, the Marshall Plan, and the National Interest; The Philosopher in the City; First Things; Beyond the Constitution; and The Return of George Sutherland. His writings regularly appear in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Weekly Standard and National Review. He has served as visiting professor of public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School, and as 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.

Paul CantorPaul Cantor, University of Virginia, is the Clifton Waller Barrett professor of English at the University of Virginia. His books include Shakespeare's Rome: Republic and Empire, Creature and Creator: Myth-Making and English Romanticism, Gilligan Unbound: Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization, and Literature and the Economics of Liberty: Spontaneous Order in Culture. His writings have appeared in the Weekly Standard, Reason and the Claremont Review of Books. He received the Ludwig von Mises Prize for Scholarship in Austrian School Economics and served on the National Council on the Humanities from 1992 to 1999. He holds an A.B. and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Charles KeslerCharles Kesler, Claremont McKenna College, is the Dengler-Dykema distinguished professor of government at Claremont McKenna College (CMC). He served as director of CMC’s Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World from 1989 to 2008. He serves as the editor of Claremont Review of Books, and as a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. His edition of The Federalist Papers, published as a Signet Classic by Penguin-Putnam, Inc., is the best-selling edition in the country. His articles on contemporary politics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Policy Review, National Review, Weekly Standard and other journals. He received his A.B., A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Wilfred Bill McClayWilfred "Bill" McClay, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is the SunTrust chair of excellence in humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as well as the William E. Simon distinguished visiting professor in the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. His other faculty appointments include positions at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Dallas. He has written several books, including The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America, Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Public Policy in America, and Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past. He is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and senior fellow of the Trinity Forum. He obtained an A.B. from St. John's College (Annapolis) and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

Allan CarlsonAllan Carlson, Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society, is president of the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society and distinguished visiting professor of political science and history at Hillsdale College. His books include Family Questions: Reflections on the American Social Crisis, The 'American Way': Family and Community in the Shaping of the American Identity, and Conjugal America: On the Public Purposes of Marriage. President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the National Commission on Children, where he served from 1988 to 1993. His interview appearances include PBS News Hour; NPR's Morning Edition; All Things Considered; ABC, CBS and NBC News; MSNBC; CBN; CNN; C-SPAN; Australian, Czech and Polish TV; PBS productions on family issues; and regional radio and television outlets. He holds an A.B. from Augustana College and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

Jean Bethke ElshtainJean Bethke Elshtain, University of Chicago, is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller professor at the University of Chicago and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey chair in the Foundations of American Freedom at Georgetown University. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she has served on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and the National Humanities Center. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has received nine honorary degrees. In 2006 President George W. Bush appointed her to the Council of the National Endowment of the Humanities, and in 2008 she received a presidential appointment to the President's Council on Bioethics. She has published over 500 essays and authored and/or edited over 20 books, including Democracy on Trial; Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy; Augustine and the Limits of Politics; and Sovereignty: God, State, Self. She holds an A.B. from Colorado State University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

Ken MyersKen Myers, Mars Hill Audio, is president and executive producer of Mars Hill Audio, an organization committed to producing creative audio resources that engage Christians in thought concerning cultural issues. He conducted his first radio interview in college at age 19: his guest was Johnny Cash. Myers contributes to several publications including The Wilson Quarterly, Christianity Today, First Things and Touchstone. He has also written a book, All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes, which discusses Christians and popular culture. His former positions include editor and producer at National Public Radio, executive editor for Eternity, and editor of This World magazine. He also served on the Arts on Radio and Television Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. He has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland and an M.A.R. from Westminster Theological Seminary.

George WeigelGeorge Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center, distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is the author or editor of 19 books, including Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II; The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God; Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism; and Against the Grain: Christianity and Democracy, War and Peace. He has written essays, op-ed columns and reviews for the major opinion journals and newspapers in the United States, and is a contributor to Newsweek. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Vatican analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, "The Catholic Difference," is syndicated to 60 newspapers around the United States. Weigel holds a B.A. from St. Mary's Seminary and University, an M.A. from St. Thomas Seminary and School of Theology, 12 honorary doctorates, the papal cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal by the Republic of Poland.

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