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The Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America

Mallory Factor, the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government, brings the Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America to The Citadel in an exciting new course being offered in the spring of 2012. A survey of the political tradition of modern conservatism in the United States, the course features a veritable who’s who of guest lecturers from conservative political circles, including former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

This seminar is intended to serve as an introduction to conservative thought, connecting the tradition to other political, economic, and philosophical themes in Western culture and will feature both lecture and discussion.

Watch videos of the lectures here.


January 18

Introduction to the Conservative Intellectual Tradition
Guest Lecturer: Publisher Alfred S. Regnery

January 25

Edmund Burke and the Origins of Modern Conservatism
Guest Lecturer: David Armstrong Norcross

February 1

The Conservative Tradition and the American Experiment
Guest Lecturer: Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich

February 8

The Fragility of Ordered Liberty: Tocqueville and Conservative Conceptions of Liberty, Equality, and Community
Guest Lecturer: Political Commentator Michael Barone

February 15

New Deal Progressivism, the Jeffersonian Revival, and the Agrarian Tradition
Guest Lecturer: American Historian Burton W. Folsom, Jr.

February 22

The Emergence of Libertarianism
Guest Lecturer: Ayn Rand Institute Director Yaron Brook

February 29

The Reagan Revolution
Guest Lecturer: Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese

March 7

William F. Buckley, Jr., Fusionism, and the Three-Legged Stool of Conservatism
Guest Lecturer: National Rifle Association President David A. Keene

March 14

The Cold War, Anti-Communism, and Neo-Conservatism
Guest Lecturer: Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith

March 21

Economics and Conservatism
Guest Lecturer: Cato Institute Senior Fellow Daniel J. Mitchell

April 4

Cultural Conservatism and the Religious Right
Guest Lecturer: Political Activist Phyllis Schlafly

April 11

The Bush Doctrine, Compassionate Conservatism, and the War on Terror
Guest Lecturer: Former Secretary of Defense Donald Henry Rumsfeld

April 18

The Future of the Conservative Movement
Guest Lecturers: Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Former Christian Coalition Director Ralph Eugene Reed Jr., and Former CIA Director James Woolsey

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