Conservative Conversations with ISI: Jay Richards

May 26, 2020
4 p.m. ET

What Does “Conservatism” Mean Today?

Find out during this unique conversation featuring an ISI professor and two of our brightest students!

Pay attention long enough, and you’ll notice a recurring theme in conservative conversations:

No one can agree on what we ought to conserve—or on what “conservatism” means.

What does conservatism look like?

What are its principles?

And how do you defend—and advance—those principles?

We’re hosting a discussion to find out.

ISI students are known for being well-read and intelligent thinkers. So we’re doing something unusual in this installment of Conservative Conversations with ISI: We’re inviting two of our brightest students to cohost the conversation.

Featuring Jay Richards, New York Times bestselling author and Assistant Research Professor in the School of Business and Economics at the Catholic University of America, this discussion will explore these important questions.

Join the ISI community on Tuesday, May 26, at 4 p.m. ET for a lively conversation about what conservatism means and how we can advance its principles in today’s world.

Spots are limited, so reserve yours now.


Jay Richards
Jay Richards (New York Times bestselling author)

Jay Richards, Ph.D., O.P., is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, Executive Editor of The Stream and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute where he works with the Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality. He is author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012), as well as Money, Greed, and God (winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award), and The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that J.R.R. Tolkien Got and the West Forgot, which he co-authored with Jonathan Witt. His latest book, The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines, argues we need a new model for how ordinary people can thrive in this age of mass economic disruption. Richards dispatches myths about capitalism, greed, and upward mobility and tells the stories of how real individuals have begun to rebuild a culture of virtue through creativity, resilience, and empathy.

Richards has a Ph.D., with honors, in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also has an M.Div. (Master of Divinity), a Th.M. (Master of Theology), and a B.A. with majors in Political Science and Religion. He lives with his family in the Washington DC Metro area.

Dillon Raum
Dillon Raum (Senior at Thomas Aquinas College)

Dillon Raum is a student Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. He aspires to be a lifelong learner and is interested in philosophy, political science, poetry, and creative writing.