The Academy of Philosophy & Letters

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

2015 Conference Schedule




JUNE 12-14, 2015


Friday, June 12

5:00-6:00 PM. Registration

6:00-7:00 PM. Reception/Cash bar (Billie Holiday Room)

7:00-9:00 PM. Dinner (Billie Holiday Room)

Welcome: Michael P. Federici, APL President

Chair: Dan McCarthy, The American Conservative

Speaker: William Lind, The American Conservative, “Fourth Generation War and Grand Strategy”

9:00-11:00 PM. Hospitality Suite, hosted by The American Conservative (Room 700)

Saturday, June 13

8:00-8:30 AM. Late registration

8:30-10:30 AM. PANEL/ROUND TABLE 1: Science and Technology in the Brave NewWorld: Origins and Critiques (Billie Holiday Room)

Chair: Justin Garrison, Roanoke College

Mark Kalthoff, Hillsdale College, “Taming the Rebel Child: Science, Technology, and the Christian Idea of God in the Thought of C A. Coulson”

Dwight Lindley, Hillsdale College, “Wendell Berry’s Miltonic Politics: Bastard Augustinianism in the Garden”

Matthew Gaetano, Hillsdale College, “Carrying Men from Hopes to Hopes: Ancient Materialism and Francis Bacon’s Promethean Politics”

Darryl Hart, Hillsdale College, “H. L. Mencken and the Technology of Sex”

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

10:45 AM -12:45 PM. PANEL/ROUND TABLE 2: The Historical Sense as Resource against Ideological Thinking (Billie Holiday Room)

Chair: Ryan Holston, Virginia Military Institute

Kenneth McIntyre, Sam Houston State University, “History and the Practical Past: Oakeshott on the Autonomy of Historical Explanation”

Emily Butler, The Catholic University of America, “Symbol and Civilization: Giambattista Vico and the Mind of Man”

Steve McGuire, Eastern University, “Eric Voegelin and the Philosophy of History”

Steve Knepper, Virginia Military Institute, “Bad Historicism and Buffered Critics”

12:45-1:00 PM. Break

1:00-2:30 PM. Luncheon (Billie Holiday Room)

Chair: Claes G. Ryn, The Catholic University of America

Speaker: Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Projects International, Inc. “Dogma and Dysfunction in Diplomacy”

2:30-3:30 PM. Break

3:30-5:30 PM. PANEL/ROUND TABLE 3: Foreign Policy in the Brave New World (Billie Holiday Room)

Chair: Joseph Baldacchino, National Humanities Institute

Bill Smith, ALR Technologies, Inc., “Tocqueville on the Modern Missionaries of Democracy”

Bill Nitze, Chairman, Oceana Energy Company, “Conservatism’s Civic Virtue Deficit”

Col. Douglas Macgregor, Burke-Macgregor, LLC, “Defense Reform: Path to Savings and Security”

Ivan Eland, Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute, “Abandoning the Failed Ideologies of Empire”

5:30-6:15 PM. Break

6:15-7:00 PM. Reception/Cash bar (Billie Holiday Room)

7:00-9:30 PM. Dinner (Billie Holiday Room)

Chair: John B. Henry, Committee for the Republic

Speakers: James Bamford,William Binney, Thomas Drake, Bruce Fein, and Kirk Wiebe, “The National Security Agency’s War on the U.S. Constitution”

9:30-11:00 PM. Hospitality Suite, hosted by The American Conservative (Room 700)

Sunday, June 14

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

10:00 AM-noon. PANEL/ROUND TABLE 4. Art and Aesthetics in the Brave New World: How Do We Reconstitute Beauty in an Ugly World? (Billie Holiday Room)

Chair: Jeff Polet, Hope College

Mark Mitchell, Patrick Henry College, “Practice as Recovery: How Becoming a (Bad) Artist Can Help Revitalize the Arts”

Stephen Klugewicz, The Imaginative Conservative, “Listening Alone: The Plight of the Classical Music Aficionado in the Twenty-First Century”

James Wilson, Villanova University, “Poetic Meter as the Primal Metaphysics of Culture”

Andrew Balio, Baltimore Symphony,, “Classical Music: The Hope and Persistence of Beauty”

12:30-2:00 PM. APL Board of Directors Meeting (Hotel Restaurant)

Conference dress code: coat and tie

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