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Citadel News Service
10 Jan 2012

Rumsfeld, Gingrich and other conservative leaders lecture in new Citadel seminar

Conservative Intellectual Tradition features prominent leaders, scholars and activists

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The Citadel will offer an unprecedented course entitled “Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America” led by the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government Mallory Factor.

Guest lecturers include publisher Alfred S. Regnery, columnist David Armstrong Norcross, former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, political commentator Michael Barone, American historian Burton W. Folsom Jr., Ayn Rand Institute Director Yaron Brook, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, National Rifle Association President David A. Keene, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, former Reagan economic advisor Arthur Laffer, Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Christian Coalition Director Ralph Reed and political activist Phyllis Schlafly.

“Our ambition at The Citadel, and in this course, is to engage leaders and scholars alike with robust, intellectual questions in thought-provoking topics,” said Provost and Dean of the College Brig. Gen. Sam Hines. “Mallory Factor has constructed this class in such a way that national leaders like Newt Gingrich, Donald Rumsfeld, Phyllis Schlafly and many others are the guest lecturers. To our knowledge, no other college in the country has a program like the Conservative Intellectual Tradition. It promises to be a first of its kind.”

Conservative Intellectual Tradition is a survey of the political tradition of modern conservatism in the United States with some consideration of its roots in the broader Western political tradition, and specific attention given to the development of the tradition in the 20th and 21st centuries.

“This seminar serves as an introduction to conservative thought, connecting the tradition to other political, economic, and philosophical themes in Western culture,” said Factor. “There has never been a better time than the present to study the conservative movement.”

Mallory Factor is a Forbes columnist and a senior editor at He is an American businessman, political activist, co-founder of the Monday Meeting and the Charleston Meeting. He holds the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government at The Citadel.

Each class session will feature a one-hour lecture and one-hour discussion. For additional information, go to

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