Modern American Conservatism: Its Roots and Future

Monday, March 16, 2015
The Hoover Institution, Washington DC

On March 16, 2015, the Hoover Institution and the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation hosted a talk about Modern American Conservatism at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C.

 

Conventional wisdom suggests that modern American conservatism was born in the 1950's, with Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley and National Review.  But more recent work indicates we should reach back further in our history for the roots of modern American conservatism--perhaps to the 1930's with Herbert Hoover's response to the New Deal, or to the 1920's with Calvin Coolidge. Two sessions discussed the roots of modern American conservatism and the implications for conservatism today, as well as a look forward to examine the future of modern American conservatism.

Featuring:

  • James Ceaser, Professor, University of Virginia and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • David Davenport, DC Director of Programs and Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow, Heritage Foundation
  • Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
  • Yuval Levin, Editor, National Affairs
  • Amity Shlaes, Chair, Board of Trustees, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation
Agenda (Eastern Standard Time)
12:30 - 2:00 PM The Roots of Modern Conservatism
                          
Moderated by James Douglas, Former Governor of Vermont
                          
Panelists: 
    David Davenport, Director of DC Programs and Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
    Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow, Heritage Foundation
    Amity Shlaes, Chair, Board of Trustees, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation
2:00 - 2:15 PM Break
2:15 - 4:00 PM The Future of Modern Conservatism
 
Moderated by Margaret Hoover, Author, American Individualism: How A New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party
                          
Panelists:
    James Ceaser, Professor, University of Virginia and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
    Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
    Yuval Levin, Editor, National Affairs

 

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