The Academy of Philosophy & Letters

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

2013 Conference


Annual Meeting of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters
June 7–9, 2013
Baltimore, MD
The Doubletree by Hilton

Conference Program (PDF)

Cheerfulness Keeps Breaking In:
Light in the Darkness

Annual Meeting of the
Academy of Philosophy and Letters
June 7-9, 2013


5:00-6:00 PM.  Registration

6:00-7:00 PM.  Reception/Cash bar

7:00-9:00 PM.  Dinner


Speaker: James Kurth, Swarthmore College,
“The Great Debacle of Pseudo-Conservatism: Lessons Learned” [title tentative]

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

8:00-8:30 AM.  Late registration

8:30-10:30 AM.  PANEL/ROUND TABLE 1. Commentary on James Kurth’s Analysis of Pseudo-Conservatism

Chair: Lowell Gustafson, Villanova University

Brian Mitchell, The Academy of Philosophy and Letters
David Jordan, The University of Virginia
Claes Ryn, The Catholic University of America
Walter McDougall, The University of Pennsylvania
James Kurth, Swarthmore College

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

10:45 AM -12:45 PM.  PANEL/ROUND TABLE 2.  A Moral and Cultural Counter-Offensive

Chair: Richard Gamble, Hillsdale College

Joseph Baldacchino, The National Humanities Institute
Richard Bishirjian, Yorktown University
Jeff Cain, American Philanthropic
Annette Kirk, Russell Kirk Center
Bill Wichterman, Wedgwood Circle

12:45-1:00 PM.  Break

1:00-2:30 PM.  Luncheon:

Chair: Jeff Polet, Hope College

Speaker: David Schindler, John Paul II Institute, “Christianity and the State of the Culture”

2:30-3:30 PM.  Break

3:30-5:30.  PANEL/ROUND TABLE 3: Independent Scholarly Journals

Chair: Ryan Holston, Virginia Military Institute

Joseph Baldacchino, Humanitas
Bruce Frohnen, Political Science Reviewer
Peter Haworth, Anamnesis
Gerald Russello, The University Bookman
Robert Young, Modern Age
5:30-6:30 PM.  Break

6:30-7:30 PM.  Reception/Cash bar

7:30-9:00 PM.  Dinner

Chair: William Byrne, St. John’s University

A dinner conversation about Christianity and the state of the culture with
Chris Manion, Richard Gamble, and others.  

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


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

10:00 AM-noon.  PANEL/ROUND TABLE 4.  Reaching the Thoughtful Public

Chair: Brian Mitchell, Academy of Philosophy and Letters

Winston Elliott, III, The Imaginative Conservative
John Henry, Committee for the Republic
Dan McCarthy, The American Conservative
Mark Mitchell, Front Porch Republic
John Vella, Crisis

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

                                                            Conference dress code: coat and tie

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