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Citadel News Service
24 Jan 2012

Republican National Committee leader to speak about conservatism

Conservative Intellectual Tradition features David A. Norcross

Political leader David A. Norcross will discuss the origins of modern conservatism on campus Wednesday as part of a series of seminars entitled The Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America.  The class, led by Mallory Factor, the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government, is intended to serve as an introduction to conservative thought, connecting the tradition to other political, economic, and philosophical themes in Western culture.

Nationally prominent leaders are scheduled to guest lecture every week during the spring semester.  Lecturers include former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, and former Reagan economic advisor Arthur Laffer.

“David Norcross boasts a long list of accomplishments both within the legal and political realm.  He served as legal counsel to many major organizations and as general counsel to both the Republican National Committee and the Center for Democracy,” said Factor.  “Through this experienced perspective, his lecture will focus on the nature of liberty, the foundations of state and society, and human rights.  He will also contrast conservatism and 18th century liberalism.”

Norcross is a lawyer whose practice largely concentrates on legislative affairs.  He represented the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad as a part of a coalition led by Norfolk Southern to purchase Conrail for the Federal Government.  He represented the New Jersey Congressmen in the 2000 Redistricting.  Norcross also served as the chairman of the Republican National Convention’s Committee on Arrangements for the 2004 Republican Convention.  He is currently a member of the Federalist Society and the Republican National Lawyers Association. 

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.

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