Land of Hope: A Weekend Conference for College Students

April 01-03, 2022
Indianapolis, IN

Land of Hope: Roots of the American Order


If you’re a conservative you likely have wrestled with the tension between the maintenance of individual autonomy and the self-sacrifice that is necessary to build an ordered society. Our world today seems to be obsessed with the kind of “freedom” that ultimately leads to disillusionment and rootlessness. The ever expanding definition of freedom has left individuals cut off from each other, disillusioned by messaging that promotes chasing dollars, prestige, and youth over a life spent working for the good of the other.

How might the concept of ordered liberty translate to daily life in 2022? And how can the western and American traditions inform how we think about the roles of duty, liberty, and order?

Some argue in favor of using government authority to aid in recapturing lost social and philosophical mores. Others prefer a more subtle approach, and push for cultural formation at the local level through familial value-inculcation. For others, a combination of these approaches most convincingly depicts the ideally-ordered American society.

Join us April 1st through 3rd in Indianapolis, Indiana for a weekend of debate and discussion as conservative historians, thought leaders, and journalists articulate a better understanding of the principles we must uphold in order to best serve ourselves, our families, and our country.


Featured Speakers

Patrick J. Deneen
Dr. Patrick Deneen

Patrick J. Deneen is the author of the widely discussed book Why Liberalism Failed, which has received praise from the likes of New York Times columnists Ross Douthat and David Brooks, the American Conservative’s Rod Dreher, and former president Barack Obama. Professor Deneen holds the David A. Potenziani Memorial Chair of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has also taught at Princeton and Georgetown.

Susan Hanssen
Dr. Susan Hanssen

Susan Hanssen is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Dallas.  She received her PhD in history from Rice University in Houston, Texas and her bachelor’s degree in history from Boston University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). During the summer of 2008 she served as an adjunct professor for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation at Georgetown University. She was the 2010-2011 Garwood Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Jeff Polet
Dr. Jeff Polet

Jeff Polet is professor of political science at Hope College in Holland, MI. He is the author of works in American political thought, contemporary European political thought, religion and politics, and constitutional law. Dr. Polet helps direct the academic program for The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, and he recently served as editor of the popular website, Front Porch Republic. On the publishing side of late, he co-edited, with David K. Ryden, Documents Decoded: Church and State in America from ABC-CLIO. He doesn’t care too much for movies, but thinks that the music of Gustav Mahler is as close as human beings get to expressing the ineffable, that God listens to Mozart in his spare time, and that Bach is history’s greatest genius.

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Dr. Brad Birzer

Bradley J. Birzer is Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies and Professor of History, Hillsdale College. Co-founder and senior contributor of The Imaginative Conservative, he is also the author of several critically-acclaimed biographies, including those of Russell Kirk, Christopher Dawson, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Carroll of Carrollton. He is also proudly a member of Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom. Birzer and his wife, Dedra (also a professional historian), have seven children and divide their time between Michigan and South Dakota.

Justin Shubow

Justin Shubow is president of the National Civic Art Society, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., that advances the classical tradition in public art and architecture. He serves as the executive director of Rebuild Penn Station, a National Civic Art Society initiative to promote the reconstruction of the original Pennsylvania Station in New York City designed by McKim, Mead & White, and he is a member of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation.

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Applications are due at midnight on February 22nd.
Contact Elizabeth Newman at with any questions.

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