March for Life Reception

January 19-19, 2024
Allison Foyer (7th floor), The Heritage Foundation
4:30-6:30 pm

Celebrate The Beauty of Life with ISI

Join the Intercollegiate Studies Institute for a happy hour to discuss life and liberty! The event will be held after the March for Life at The Heritage Foundation. Refreshments will be available.

Our featured speakers are Alexandra DeSanctis and Tom Shakely.

Alexandra DeSanctis

EPPC Fellow Alexandra DeSanctis writes on culture and family issues, with a particular focus on abortion policy and pro-life advocacy, as a member of the Life and Family Initiative.

DeSanctis has been a writer at National Review since 2016, where she covers politics, elections, culture, and abortion policy. She first joined NR as a William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism with the National Review Institute and since 2018 has been a staff writer. She has been a regular commentator on NR’s podcast “The Editors.”

Her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic, among other publications. She speaks for high-school and college audiences across the country about abortion and the pro-life movement.

DeSanctis is co-author, with Ryan T. Anderson, of the 2022 book Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing.

Tom Shakely

Tom Shakely serves as Chief Engagement Officer at Americans United for Life, a global human rights leader advancing the human right to life in culture, law, and policy. He is responsible for brand, communications, and development.

Tom has more than eight years of executive experience as a human rights advocate. He is also a Research Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, which strives to awaken the conscience on the relationship between human rights and responsibilities.

An eighth-generation Pennsylvanian, Tom is president of the Mount Nittany Conservancy and author of Conserving Mount Nittany: A Dynamic Environmentalism, which tells the story of Central Pennsylvania’s most remarkable mountain and its role in fostering Happy Valley’s spirit of place. Tom is also a life member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Penn State Alumni Association, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. As a long-distance runner, he has completed seven marathons.

Tom holds a B.A. in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University, M.S. in Bioethics from the University of Mary, and M.A. in Human Rights from The Catholic University of America. Tom has appeared on Fox & Friends and EWTN Pro-Life Weekly and written for Newsweek, The American Conservative, National Catholic Register, National Review, HuffPost, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and other nationally recognized media.

Tom lives in Washington, DC with his wife and son.

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