ISI’s Annual Homecoming Weekend

June 02-03, 2023
Wilmington, DE


Hosted on ISI’s beautiful 20-acre campus in Wilmington, Delaware, this year’s Homecoming theme is “The Next Great American.” Through engaging presentations, we will explore the statesmen, titans of industry, and artists that have shaped our nation throughout its history. 

Highlights include:

  • Friday night: A dinner honoring the winner of ISI’s 2023 Conservative Book of the Year Award, Dr. Daniel J. Mahoney for The Statesman as Thinker
  • Saturday Reunion luncheons: Luncheons for Graduate Fellows; Honors Scholars, Society Leaders, Collegiate Network Editors, Interns, and Fellows to reconnect
  • Saturday afternoon: A reunion conference featuring panels on the purpose of the liberal arts and the future of higher ed
  • Saturday evening: A reception featuring food, live music, and dancing on ISI’s campus


Special discounted rate of only $50 for ISI students and alumni under age 30! Reserve your tickets now!



Friday, June 2

4:30 p.m. Registration 

Gold Ballroom Foyer, Hotel DuPont 

5:00–6:00 p.m. VIP Reception 

Du Barry Room, Hotel DuPont–2nd Floor 

6:00–7:00 p.m. General Reception 

Gold Ballroom Foyer, Hotel DuPont 

7:00–9:00 p.m. Book of the Year Award Dinner | Daniel Mahoney, Claire 

Gold Ballroom, Hotel DuPont 

9:00–10:00 p.m. Hospitality 

Gold Ballroom Foyer, Hotel DuPont 

Saturday, June 3  

12:00–1:30 p.m.    Honors Scholars and Society Leaders Luncheon | Dana Gioia 

Patio, F. M. Kirby Campus 

                                  Graduate Fellows and Faculty Luncheon | Rachel Ferguson 

Valis Room, F. M. Kirby Campus 

                                  Collegiate Network Luncheon | Dan McCarthy 

Forecourt, F. M. Kirby Campus 

1:45–2:45 p.m. Panel on “The American Statesman” | H.W. Brands, Robert Merry, Troy Senik, Moderated by Dan McCarthy

Forecourt, F. M. Kirby Campus 

3:00–4:00 p.m. Panel on “ American Artists” | Dana Gioia, Barksdale Maynard, Moderated by Marlo Slayback

Forecourt, F. M. Kirby Campus   

4:15–5:15 p.m. Panel on “American Titans of Industry” | Lee Edwards, Chris Buskirk, Lucas Clawson, Moderated by Johnny Burtka 

Forecourt, F. M. Kirby Campus  

5:15—6:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour 

Patio, F. M. Kirby Campus 

6:00–10:00 p.m. Open House | Harrison Scott Key

F. M. Kirby Campus

Ceremony to take place at 6 p.m. 

Homecoming Details


Friday & Saurday, June 2-3, 2023

Friday Evening – Conservative Book of the Year 
Saturday Afternoon – Reunion conference featuring panels
Saturday Evening – Reception featuring food, live music, and dancing on ISI’s campus

Hotel du Pont, Wilmington DE
Book your room using this link. Guests can also call the hotel directly(302-594-3100) and reference the group code ISI2023 to get the group rate.


Confirmed Speakers

Harrison Scott Key

Harrison Scott Key is the author of How to Stay Married, Congratulations, Who Are You Again?, and The World’s Largest Man, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. His first TEDx talk went viral among a certain demographic.

Lee Edwards

Lee Edwards, former distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation, is a leading historian of American conservatism, who has published more than 25 books.

His books include biographies of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Edwin Meese III as well as histories of The Heritage Foundation and the American conservative movement. His works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, French, Hungarian, Polish, and Swedish.

HW Brands

H. W. BRANDS holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and Traitor to His Class.

Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed poet and writer. Former California Poet laureate and  Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia was born in Los Angeles of Italian and Mexican descent. The first person in his family to attend college, he received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford and an M.A. from Harvard in Comparative Literature. For fifteen years he worked as a businessman before quitting at forty-one to become a full-time writer.

About this year's Conservative Book of the Year Award Winner

In The Statesman as Thinker, Daniel J. Mahoney provides thoughtful and elegant portraits of statesmen who struggled to preserve freedom during times of crisis: Cicero using all the powers of rhetoric to preserve republican liberty in Rome against Caesar’s encroaching autocracy; Burke defending ordered liberty against Jacobin tyranny in revolutionary France; Tocqueville defending liberty and human dignity against blind reaction, democratic impatience, and revolutionary fanaticism; Lincoln preserving the American republic and putting an end to chattel slavery; Churchill defending liberty and law and opposing Nazi and Communist despotism; and Havel fighting Communism before 1989 and then leading the Czech Republic with dignity and grace.

Mahoney makes sense of the mixture of magnanimity and moderation that defines the statesman as thinker at his or her best. That admirable mixture of greatness, courage, and moderation owes much to classical and Christian wisdom and to the noble desire to protect the inheritance of civilization against rapacious and destructive despotic regimes and ideologies.

About the Author: Daniel J. Mahoney is a professor emeritus at Assumption University (where he taught from 1986 until 2021), a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, and a senior writer at Law and Liberty.

Homecoming Sponsors

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute is grateful for all of our sponsors. This year’s Homecoming is brought to you by:

Chairman’s Circle Sponsors

Mr. Thomas Lynch

Gold Sponsors:

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Mr. James B. Rutledge III

Silver Sponsors:

Mr. James Cusser, Mr. Matthew Brach, Mr. Evan Wright, Mr. Douglas Schneider

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