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Citadel News Service
17 Apr 2012

Senator, former Christian Coalition and CIA directors lecture in seminar

The future of the conservative movement

Ky. Senator Rand Paul, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Eugene Reed Jr., and former CIA Director James Woolsey will each lecture and participate in a panel discussion Wednesday, April 18, in the final class of a cutting-edge new course being offered at The Citadel called the Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America.

Led by Mallory Factor, the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government, the class has brought in national leaders to lecture each week, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese.

“The panel will debate the future of the conservative movement as a mainstream political philosophy in American politics,” said Factor, “and with three leaders whose opinions vary greatly, the final class promises to be a riveting end to what has been a thorough exploration of the tradition of conservatism.”

Each of the lecturers will make a 20-minute presentation, although Paul will be participating remotely.  The lectures will be followed by an hour-long discussion with questions from students.

Paul founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic in 1995 to provide eye exams and surgery to families and individuals in need. A native of Lake Jackson, Texas, Paul graduated from Baylor University and then the Duke University School of Medicine, where he completed his residency in ophthalmology. Today, he continues to dedicate his work to preserving the vision of seniors in need.

After a career in the Army as a program analyst for the secretary of defense, Woolsey became the delegate-at-large for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and later the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks.  He was appointed to the President’s Commission on Strategic Forces in 1983. Serving as an ambassador and U.S. representative, he negotiated for conventional armed forces in Europe.  Woolsey is a graduate of Stanford University and St. John’s College, Oxford University. He was appointed to his position as director by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

Reed is the current CEO of Century Strategies, which provides strategic counsel to some of the world’s leading companies. He served as the senior advisor to George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000 and 2004 as the chairman for the Southeast Region. As the executive director of the Christian Coalition, Reed created one of the most effective organizations on public policy, which now boasts more than two million members. Reed is the author of five bestselling books and columns in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and National Review. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in history from Emory University.

The Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America 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. Specific attention is given to the development of the tradition in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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