Society Leader’s Conference 2023-2024

September 15-17, 2023
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marine, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Calling All ISI Society Leaders!

Join us this fall as we kick off the year with our annual Society Leaders Conference! This all-expenses-paid conference will teach leaders of our ISI-affiliated societies how to run a society and build a legacy on their campuses. Students will learn how to navigate campus administrations hostile toward conservatives, how to host ISI lectures and debates, and how to become part of an exclusive network of conservatives in fields including business, journalism, technology, the academy, politics and the arts. Students will also get a primer in the conservative canon, with lectures on the key figures of the conservative tradition in America, such as William F. Buckley, Jr. and Russell Kirk.

ISI’s top 3 societies that have demonstrated great courage on campus, deepened their involvement with ISI, and exceeded expectations will also be recognized with three different awards during the ISI Society Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening. The awards include the Russell Kirk Award for Excellence on Campus, the William F. Buckley Campus Courage Award, and the Edmund Burke Award for ISI Engagement. Society leaders and their successors must attend in person to be considered for the award.

Attendees will hear from a stellar lineup of faculty, including a keynote address by the famous historian, economist, and talk show host Tom Woods, and have a chance to connect with like-minded conservative peers from across the country!

The deadline to apply is August 15, so don’t hesitate! More details on speakers will come as they are confirmed.

Reach out to Tom Sarrouf at with questions.


Your Speakers:

Tom Woods

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the 2019 winner of the Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award from the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna. He is a senior fellow of the Mises Institute and host of The Tom Woods Show, which releases a new episode every weekday.

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Prager Show, and the Michael Medved Show.

He is the author of twelve books, most recently Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable OpinionRollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.

George Nash

George H. Nash was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on April 1, 1945. After graduating from South Hadley High School as valedictorian of the Class of 1963, he entered Amherst College, where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1967. He received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 1973.

Dr. Nash is the author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945, first published in 1976 by Basic Books. In 1996 an updated, hardcover edition was published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. A paperback edition appeared in 1998. An expanded, thirtieth-anniversary edition was published by ISI Books in late 2006. The book has been translated into Spanish and has twice been adopted as a feature selection by the Conservative Book Club. It is considered a foundational work in its field.

More recently, Dr. Nash has written Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism (ISI Books, 2009).

His writings have appeared in the American Spectator, Claremont Review of Books, Intercollegiate Review,Modern AgeNational ReviewNew York Times Book ReviewPolicy ReviewUniversity BookmanWall Street Journal, and many other publications. He has lectured at the Library of Congress; the National Archives; the Herbert Hoover, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson presidential libraries; the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum; the Hoover Institution; the Heritage Foundation; the McConnell Center; and at various universities and conferences in the United States and Europe. Several of his lectures have been featured on C-SPAN. He has also been interviewed by C-SPAN, National Public Radio, numerous radio stations, and the print media. In 2006 and 2007 he delivered Hoover-related lectures in Belgium at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Brussels.

Danilo Petranovich

Danilo Petranovich is the Director of the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Previously, Dr. Petranovich taught political science at Duke University and Yale University.

His scholarly expertise is in nineteenth century European and American political thought, but his intellectual interests and loves are far more extensive. Dr. Petranovich received his B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard in 2000 and Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 2007. He lives with his wife Cristiana and son Gabriel not too far from the Institute.

Tyler Dobbs

Tyler Dobbs graduated from Harvard University, where he studied Classics. While an undergrad, Tyler served as founding Chairman of Harvard’s John Adams Society, an ISI society that continues to host weekly debates on political philosophy. He later graduated from Harvard Law School and now works as a law clerk in Dallas for Judge James C. Ho of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the federal court that hears appeals from Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Over the long term, he aspires to have a legal career that combines contributions to legal scholarship with public service.

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