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Citadel News Service
27 Feb 2012

Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese lectures

Powerhouse of conservative leaders take part in cutting-edge class

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Edwin Meese, the 75th attorney general for the United States, will deliver the seventh lecture in the Conservative Intellectual Tradition Wednesday, Feb. 29. He will lecture on the Reagan revolution.

A cutting-edge new course being offered at The Citadel this spring, the seminar explores the evolution of the conservative movement. Led the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government Mallory Factor, the class brings in national leaders each week, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former Reagan economic advisor Arthur Laffer.

“Under Ronald Reagan, Edwin Meese was the White House counselor to the president, functioning as his chief policy adviser,” said Factor. “This is an excellent opportunity for our students to interact with someone who played a vital role in the history of the Reagan years.”

Edwin Meese is currently the Ronald Reagan chair in public policy at The Heritage Foundation where he is responsible for keeping the late president's legacy of conservative principles alive in public debate and discourse.  He also is chairman of Heritage's Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.  From 1981 to 1985, Meese held the position of counselor to the president, and from 1985 to 1988, he served as the 75th attorney general of the United States.

The 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 is given to the development of the tradition in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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