Modern Age Panel: Regime Change and the Future of Liberalism

May 17-17, 2023
Heritage Hall at The Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Ave NE Washington, DC 20064

What is the future of liberalism in America?

American elites have been eager to agitate for numerous regime change wars abroad, often with disastrous consequences for American security and prosperity at home. One prominent scholar, Patrick Deneen, poses a provocative question: Is it time for a regime change of America’s own leadership class?

In his new book Regime Change: Toward a Postliberal Future, political theorist Patrick Deneen argues that it’s time to replace the self-interested, amoral, bipartisan establishment with a new aristocratic class whose interests are aligned with the happiness and flourishing of the people.

Deneen posits that liberalism—in all its forms—has contributed to the leadership crisis in America today and draws from both classical and Christian sources to propose a politics of the common good with practical applications for American political, cultural, and economic life today.

Join Deneen and special guests Senator JD Vance, Christine Emba, and Kevin Roberts as they respond to Patrick’s argument and discuss strategies for building a virtuous leadership class committed to the common good. The conversation will be moderated by ISI’s own, Dan McCarthy.

This exciting event stands in a long tradition of critical conversations and debates hosted by ISI that refine our understanding of conservative principles. Conservatism has a long history of grappling with new ideas in the pursuit of ordered liberty. The conservative tradition contains such diverse figures as Roger Scruton, Leo Strauss, Russell Kirk, F.A. Hayek, William F. Buckley, and many more.

On May 17th, we will to add this great conversation by bringing together leading voices to discuss and debate the most pressing challenges facing America today.

Tickets are free for students and the general public. Signed copies of Patrick’s book will be available for purchase at the 5:30 pm reception before the panel starts at 6:30 pm. Click here to register.


Patrick J. Deneen
Patrick Deneen

Patrick J. Deneen holds a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.  From 1995-1997 he was Speechwriter and Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency.  From 1997-2005 he was Assistant Professor of Government at Princeton University.  From 2005-2012 he was Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, before joining the faculty of Notre Dame in Fall 2012.  He is the author and editor of several books and numerous articles and reviews and has delivered invited lectures around the world.

Sen. JD Vance

JD Vance is a United States Senator for the great state of Ohio. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2022 and sworn into office on January 3rd, 2023.

JD went on to serve our nation in the Iraq War, then graduated from The Ohio State University and Yale Law School. He wrote a bestselling book, Hillbilly Elegy, which was turned into a Netflix movie. He also started a business dedicated to growing jobs and opportunity in the American heartland.

JD believes Ohioans deserve better. And he aims to fight for it in the U.S. Senate.

Kevin Roberts
Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts, Ph.D., was named President of The Heritage Foundation in October 2021.

A lifelong educator, Roberts earned his PhD in American History from the University of Texas. 

In 2013, he resigned from the academy to become President of Wyoming Catholic College. Under his leadership, the college adopted a policy of refusing to accept federal student loans and grants, lest it be forced to violate Catholic tenets. This independent stance led The New York Times to describe the school as being full of “cowboy Catholics.” 

Christine Emba

Christine Emba writes about ideas for The Washington Post’s Opinions section. She is the author of “Rethinking Sex: A Provocation.” Before coming to The Post in 2015, Christine was the Hilton Kramer Fellow in Criticism at the New Criterion and a deputy editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, focusing on technology and innovation. She grew up in Virginia and holds an A.B. in public and international affairs from Princeton University.

Event Details


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