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Conservative movement examined, Dec. 1-3

Political activists, academics and journalists will gather to examine how the modern conservative movement was built and to assess both its impact and how it has evolved over the past 40 years during a conference Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3, on campus.

Titled "The Conservative Movement: Its Past, Present and Future," the event will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks will give a keynote address, "The Future of American Conservatism: Hamilton Returns," at 8 p.m. Thursday.

An earlier session on Thursday will feature a survey of the conservative movement by Steven Hayward of the American Enterprise Institute, with commentary by Midge Decter, George Nash and William Rusher. Panels on Friday and Saturday will examine the Goldwater and Reagan eras, the infrastructure of the conservative movement, the relationship between conservatism and the Republican Party, and the impact of conservatism on America's economic, social and foreign policies. Panelists will include William Bennett, Lou Cannon, Stanton Evans, David Keene, Paul Weyrich, George Will and many other prominent conservatives, scholars and journalists.

The conference is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Complete conference information is available on the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics Web site.

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