Since the early 1990s, at first National Review, and now the National Review Institute, has gathered leading conservatives — business leaders, policy makers, writers, officials, lawmakers, academics — to join with NR readers and supporters for an intense few days of assessing the movement, gauging its strengths and weaknesses (cultural and political), and forging a way ahead to improve the prospects of liberty in the face of a relentless assault by leftists, multicultural fanatics, and social-justice warriors — and their allies in legislative chambers and the halls of bureaucracy.
The gatherings — Idea Summits — are smart, intense, fruitful, and invigorating. And there’s occasional laughter.
These affairs are always works in progress right up until the moment the registration desk opens for business. So while there is a lot more to come — and I’ll be updating as the more . . . comes — here’s what’s planned so far:
There will be panels on
What Is Conservative Foreign Policy?
Conservative Economics in an Age of Populism
Getting Right on Immigration
Hollywood and Popular Culture
Conservatism and the Class Divide
And there will be numerous featured speakers — to date we have confirmations from
Speaker Paul Ryan,
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway,
Arizona governor Doug Ducey,
Arkansas senator Tom Cotton,
columnist Charles Krauthammer,
businesswoman Carly Fiorina,
and today we are happy to announce that newly confirmed Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, the conservative former attorney general of Oklahoma, will be joining us.
And we expect several more big names will indeed participate (and we do mean big).
We expect several more big names will indeed participate (and we do mean big).
There will also be a special event: Scheduled for the evening of Thursday, March 16, is NRI’s Inaugural Whittaker Chambers Award Dinner. Named after the great writer, early National Review essayist, and author of Witness, considered America’s most famed intellectual foe of the organized Communist threat, the Chambers Award will go to a conservative who has exhibited a consequential “profile in courage.” The recipient will be British MEP Daniel Hannan, who fought relentlessly for over a decade to make “Brexit” a reality for the citizens of the U.K.
Capping off the special evening will be an Uncommon Knowledge conversation between Mrs. Fiorina and program host Peter Robinson.
More “to date” information: Confirmed Ideas Summit participants include (and we’ll take this alphabetically, with new speakers in boldface) Elliott Abrams, Mona Charen, Ed Conard, Charles C. W. Cooke, Kristie de Peña, Veronique de Rugy, David French, Mollie Hemingway, Andrew Klavan, Mark Krikorian, Larry Kudlow, Michael Lind, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Rich Lowry, Heather Mac Donald, Andrew C. McCarthy, Jay Nordlinger, Henry Olsen, John O’Sullivan, Ramesh Ponnuru, Reihan Salam, J. D. Vance, Peter Wehner, and Kevin D. Williamson.
Yes, there are many invitations outstanding.
You will find information on how to register, which we hope you will do now, right here.
— Jack Fowler is the vice president of National Review.