Constitutional Studies: “What is Conservatism in the Age of Trump?”
The Constitutional Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame, a JMC partner program, will be hosting Sohrab Ahmari, David French, and JMC partner Charles Kesler to discuss and debate the current definition of conservatism.
Friday, September 13, 2019 • 11:30 AM
Jenkins and Nanovic Halls, Room 1030 • University of Notre Dame
Free and open to the public
Sohrab Ahmari is an Iranian-American journalist, editor, and author. He is currently the op-ed editor of the New York Post and a contributing editor of the Catholic Herald. Previously, he served as a columnist and editor with the Wall Street Journal opinion pages in New York and London, and as a senior writer at Commentary magazine. Ignatius Press recently published Ahmari’s spiritual memoir, From Fire, by Water, about his conversion to Roman Catholicism.
David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a contributor to Time. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the past president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and a former lecturer at Cornell Law School. In addition, he has served as a senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and the Alliance Defending Freedom. French is a former major in the United States Army Reserve. In 2007, he deployed to Iraq, serving in Diyala Province as Squadron Judge Advocate for the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Charles Kesler is a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute, Editor of the Claremont Review of Books, host of Claremont’s The American Mind video series, and the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College. He also teaches in the Claremont Institute’s Publius Fellows Program and Lincoln Fellows Program. From September 2000 to March 2001, he served as vice chairman of the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Congress’s James Madison Commemoration Commission and he is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Bradley Prize, a high honor bestowed upon distinguished individuals who have influenced American scholarship and debate. Professor Kesler is the author of I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism (Broadside Books); the editor of Saving the Revolution: The Federalist Papers and the American Founding (Free Press); co-editor, with John B. Kienker, of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Ten Years of the Claremont Review of Books (Rowman & Littlefield); and co-editor, with William F. Buckley, Jr., of Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought (HarperCollins). He has written extensively on American constitutionalism and political thought, and his edition of The Federalist Papers (Signet Classics) is the best-selling edition in the country.
Professor Kesler is a JMC partner.
The Constitutional Studies Program, a JMC partner program, is a minor that seeks to educate students on constitutional governments and how they may be used to secure the common good. Thoughtful and educated citizens must possess certain virtues; they must understand and be able to implement, defend, and, if need be, reform constitutional institutions. By creating informed citizens, the program contributes to the University’s mission to pursue truth and to nurture a concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.
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