Conservative Principles Get A New Voice In Washington

Hillsdale College is driving conservative conversation in Washington, D.C. with its latest initiative, a new lecture series titled “First Principles on First Fridays.”

The series is sponsored by the college’s new Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington and will feature lectures by a variety of scholars and professors, including some from the Hillsdale College campus in Michigan.

Virginia Thomas, the college’s Associate Vice President of Washington Operations, said the series is an effort to refocus Americans’ attention on safeguards to their liberty — safeguards they seem all too willing to throw away.

“We hope to remind and refresh the moral and cultural fabric,” Thomas said.

Educating citizens is nothing new for the college, which has been in existence since 1844, but now people working and living in D.C. will have a chance to hear firsthand the discussions on American and Western heritage that are the college’s trademark.

“This lecture series will not directly address policy issues or political strategy, but the ideas and institutions that make free government possible,” Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn said in a statement released by the center. “We will be thinking together about what is most needed for the health and survival of our country.”

The lectures are open to all in the Washington area “who are interested in learning and meeting one another — and in waking up early,” said Thomas.

The series begins this Friday at the Heritage Foundation and will feature Arnn speaking on “The Crisis of American Constitutionalism.” A second program, “Do We Need Another New Deal?” is already scheduled for January 9. Stephen Moore, the Economics Editor of the Wall Street Journal, and Burton Folsom, a professor at Hillsdale College, will speak at the event. The lectures run from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and include breakfast.

Click here for information on how to pre-register or for details regarding Friday’s lecture and future events.


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