Homecoming Weekend

September 20-21, 2024
Linda L. Bean Conference Center
3901 Centerville Road Wilmington, DE 19807


Join ISI on September 20-21, 2024 for a celebration that will welcome students, professors, alumni, and friends of ISI from across the country. The festivities will include conversations led by great conservative thinkers who’ll unpack salient topics animating this year’s theme, America 2024: A Conflict of Visions. 

Every year, we host ISI’s annual Homecoming festivities right on our 20-acre campus tucked away into a bucolic pocket of Wilmington, DE. Our Homecoming sets the tone for the new school year and is an opportunity to celebrate and network with our impressive community of students, teachers, alumni, and professionals from a variety of backgrounds. 

Each ticket is $50 and includes select meals and festivities at ISI. Students attend for free. 




Friday evening, September 20 (6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
Homecoming guests will gather at ISI’s campus for a reception, food trucks, bonfire, and open house

Saturday, September 21
Guests will gather at ISI for 8am breakfast

9 – 10am: Reagan and Nixon Revisited

  • Speakers: George Will and Lord Conrad Black, moderated by Dan McCarthy

10:30am: The Democratization of American Christianity

  • Rusty Reno and Joshua Mitchell, moderated by Johnny Burtka

Top 20 under 30 Awards Ceremony

12:00 – 1:15pm: God and Man at Yale 2024

  • Michael Knowles (lecture) and moderated discussion feat. Michael Brendan Dougherty

1:15pm: Lunch and festivities begin

Homecoming Details


Friday & Saturday, September 20-21, 2024

Linda L. Bean Conference Center
3901 Centerville Road Wilmington, DE 19807








Hotel du Pont (42 W 11th St, Wilmington, DE 19801)
Booking link: HOTEL DU PONT – Reservations – Room Availability (synxis.com)
Location of Shuttle pickup/drop off point to/from ISI Campus
Last Day to book: 8/28/24

Homewood Suites Wilmington Downtown (820 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801)
Booking link: https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/ilgwmhw-iss-786b1450-fdc6-4030-a7a7-9e898df56f29/
35 minute walk to Hotel DuPont Shuttle Location or 18 minute drive to ISI
Last Day to book: 8/22/24

Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown (422 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE 19801)
Booking link: Book Your Group/Corporate Rate | Marriott International
5 minute walk to Hotel DuPont Shuttle Location
Last Day to book: 8/30/24

Staybridge Suites Wilmington Downtown (1220 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801)
Booking link: Select your room (ihg.com)
Last Day to book: 8/20/24

Courtyard Wilmington Downtown
Booking Link: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1715205880729&key=GRP&app=resvlink
4 minute walk to Hotel DuPont Shuttle Location
Last day to book: 8/8/24

Garden Party/Business Casual

Homecoming Speakers

Michael Knowles

Michael Knowles is the celebrated host of “The Michael Knowles Show” at the Daily Wire and “The Book Club” at PragerU. He is also the author of the best-selling book “Speechless.”

George Will

George Will writes a twice-weekly column on politics and domestic and foreign affairs. He began his column with The Post in 1974, and he received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1977. He is also a regular contributor to MSNBC and NBC News. His latest book, “American Happiness and Discontents,” was released in September 2021. His other works include: “The Conservative Sensibility” (2019), “One Man’s America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation” (2008), “Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and the Recovery of Deliberative Democracy” (1992), “Men at Work: The Craft of Baseba

Lord Conrad Black

Conrad Black is a financier and the author of biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard M. Nixon, and his recent personal memoir, A Matter of Principle. He was the publisher of the London (UK) Telegraph newspapers and Spectator from 1987 to 2004, and founded the National Post (Canada). His columns and reviews frequently appear in a large number of publications in Canada, the US, and the UK. He is a member of the British House of Lords as Lord Black of Crossharbour, a Privy Councilor and Officer of the Order of Canada, and a Knight of the Holy See.

Rusty Reno

Russell Ronald Reno III, known as R. R. Reno, is the editor of First Things magazine. He was formerly a professor of theology and ethics at Creighton University. His most recent book is Return of the Strong Gods: Nationalism, Populism, and the Future of the West (Regnery Gateway, 2019).

Joshua Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell is currently professor of political theory. He has been Chairman of the Government Department and also Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at SFS-Q. During the 2008-10 academic years, Dr. Mitchell was took Leave from Georgetown, and was the Acting Chancellor of The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani. His research interest lies in the relationship between political thought and theology in the West.

Michael Brendan Dougherty

Michael Brendan Dougherty is a senior writer at National Review and a nonresident fellow in the Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies division of the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies the republican tradition in American political thought. His essays have been featured in numerous publications including The American Conservative, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and Politico. He is the author of My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search for Home (Sentinel, 2019).

Dan McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy is the editor of Modern Age: A Conservative Review and a contributing editor of The American Conservative. His writing has appeared in the New York TimesUSA Today, the Spectator, the National InterestReason, and many other publications. Outside of journalism he has worked as internet communications coordinator for the Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign and as senior editor of ISI Books. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied classics.

Johnny Burtka

John A. Burtka IV is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He graduated from Hillsdale College with degrees in French and Christian Studies and earned a graduate degree in theology from La Faculté Jean Calvin in Aix-en-Provence, France. Johnny began his career at ISI, where he served as a development officer. He returned to ISI after four years at The American Conservative magazine, where he served as Executive Director and Acting Editor. Johnny has appeared on Fox News and Fox Business and written for the Washington Post, the Richmond Times-DispatchFirst Things, the American Mind, and the Intercollegiate Review, among other publications. He has been a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute and has participated in academic fellowships at Washington College and the Trinity Forum.

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