Society Leaders’ Conference

February 04-06, 2022
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL

Society Leaders' Conference: American Identity in the Age of Identity Politics


You know that when it comes to identity politics, there’s no place worse than a university campus.

You’ve seen it — diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) departments are growing on virtually every campus. And whole departments are now dedicated to maligning America itself as irredeemably bigoted.

The most pernicious threat to academic integrity may be Critical Race Theory. CRT shows students of all ages an account of American history that is, at best, a misrepresentation, and, at worst, an outright lie. CRT-based curriculums like the 1619 Project have been disputed by numerous historians, but they’re still taught to thousands of students.

How do we teach students a real understanding of what it means to be an American and why America is worth celebrating when the American identity carries so much baggage on our country’s campuses?

On Feb. 4-6, ISI student leaders from dozens of campuses across the country will join together at Amelia Island, Florida, for the Society Leaders’ Conference focused on “American Identity in the Age of Identity Politics.” Students will participate in a weekend of seminars and panels headed by scholars who want to help conservative students answer these salient questions that are defining their college experiences.

These ISI society leaders show courage on campus everyday by guiding other students toward truth and virtue instead of relativism. ISI faculty and staff will help students create flourishing societies rooted in a tradition of liberty for generations to come.

Society leaders are invited to apply below. 


The application deadline for this conference has passed. Please contact Elizabeth Newman at to be placed on the waitlist. 


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Featured Speakers

Dr. Josh Mitchell

Josh Mitchell is currently professor of political theory at Georgetown University. During the 2008-10 academic years, Dr. Mitchell took Leave from Georgetown, and was the Acting Chancellor of The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani. His research interest lies in the relationship between political thought and theology in the West. He has published articles in The Review of Politics, The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Religion, APSR, and Political Theory.  In addition to teaching at Georgetown University, Dr. Mitchell writes extensively about contemporary American politics, and is an avid conservationist, committed to stewardship on his small farm on the Eastern Shore, and is working on the development of the next generation of solar-electric sailboats.

Dr. Jason Hill

Jason Hill is professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and an Honors Distinguished Faculty member. He specializes in ethics, political philosophy, moral psychology, and U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of five books, including the bestselling We Have Overcome: An Immigrant’s Letter to the American People (Bombardier Books) and What Do White Americans Owe Black People? Racial Justice in the Age of Post Oppression (Bombardier Books, October 2021).

Dr. Elizabeth Corey

Elizabeth Corey is an associate professor of political science at Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. Her writing has appeared in a variety of popular and scholarly publications, including First Things, National Affairs, and the Wall Street Journal. She received a bachelor’s in classics from Oberlin College and master’s and doctoral degrees in art history and political science from Louisiana State University. She was the American Enterprise Institute’s Values and Capitalism Visiting Professor in 2018–19. She serves on the board of directors of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, publisher of First Things.

Jeff Polet
Dr. Jeff Polet

Jeff Polet is professor of political science at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He is the author of works in American political thought, contemporary European political thought, religion and politics, and constitutional law. He recently coedited, with David K. Ryden, Documents Decoded: Church and State. He is married with three adult children.

Dr. Tom Woods

Tom Woods 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. 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.

Daniel McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy is vice president for the Collegiate Network at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and editor of ISI’s journal Modern Age. He has an extensive background in journalism, including as a columnist for The Spectator and past editor of The American Conservative. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, The National Interest, First Things, Reason, and a wide range of other publications.