The Academy of Philosophy & Letters

"Men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." – Edmund Burke

2012 Conference

Globalization and the Fragmenting of America:

The Problem of Disconnectedness

Annual Meeting of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters

June 15-17, 2012

Baltimore, MD

The Doubletree by Hilton

Conference Program (PDF)


5:00-6:00 PM. Registration

6:00-7:00 PM Reception/Cash bar

7:00-9:00 PM. Dinner


Speaker: Russell R. Reno, Creighton University, Editor, First Things, “Irreverence and Piety in the Intellectual Life: Sources of Disintegration and Unity” (title tentative)

9:00-11:00 PM. Hospitality Suite hosted by The American Conservative


8:00-8:30 AM. Late registration

8:30-10:30 AM. PANEL/ROUND TABLE 1. Roots of Disconnectedness

“Cooperating Strategies for Dismantling Tradition”

Chair: William F. Byrne, St. Johns University

Comments on Stephen Greenblatt, “historicist”:

Jeffrey Polet, Hope College

Robert V. Young, North Carolina State University

Comments on Allan Bloom, anti-historicist, on the 25th anniversary of The Closing of the American Mind:

Ryan Holston, Virginia Military Institute

Claes G. Ryn, The Catholic University of America

10:30-10:45 AM. Break/Refreshments

10:45-12:45 AM. PANEL/ROUND TABLE 2. The Acids of Oligarchy

Chair: Stephen Jordan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Doug Bandow, Cato Institute, Forbes Magazine

Lowell Gustafson, Villanova University

David Jordan, University of Virginia

Brian Mitchell, Academy of Philosophy and Letters

12:45-1:00 PM. Break

1:00-2:30 PM. Luncheon

Speaker: Mike Lofgren, author of the forthcoming Penguin/Viking book, The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted.

2:30-3:30 PM. Break

3:30-5:30. PANEL/ROUND TABLE 3: The Disintegration of Society

Chair: Richard Gamble, Hillsdale College

Winston Elliott, III, The Imaginative Conservative

Mark Kalthoff, Hillsdale College

Steven Klugewicz, National Constitution Center

Mark Mitchell, Patrick Henry College

5:30-6:30 PM. Break

6:30-7:30 PM. Reception/Cash bar

7:30-9:00 PM. Dinner

Speaker: Rod Dreher, The American Conservative, “Stability: The Case for Going Home”

9:00-11:00 PM. Hospitality Suite hosted by The American Conservative


9:00-10:00 AM. Breakfast meeting of the membership (members only)

10:00 AM-noon. PANEL/ROUND TABLE 4. The Problem of Disconnectedness

Chair: Michael Federici, Mercyhurst College

Brad Birzer, Hillsdale College

Mike Church, The Mike Church Show

Robert Delfino, St. John’s University

Nathan Harter, Christopher Newport College

Daniel McCarthy, The American Conservative

12:30-2:00 PM. APL Board of Directors Meeting

Conference dress code: coat and tie

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