Texas Student Summit and Debate – Beyond the Gender Wars: Restoring Harmony Between Man and Woman

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April 05-06, 2024
Location
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University of Dallas

ISI's 2024 Student Summit + Pornography Debate

Are men and women fundamentally at odds? Are we truly trapped in a zero-sum game, where a gain for one gender inevitably means a loss for the other? Or is there another relationship between the sexes, one of mutual respect, support, and harmony?

Our culture’s perspective on gender is nothing short of catastrophic. Not only do our culture’s ideas of gender bear no resemblance to traditional Western values, they have no internal consistency. They are—quite literally—insane. They promote the exploitation of women through pornography and the elimination of the meaning of “womanhood” through transgender propaganda. Meanwhile, popular cultural depictions of fatherhood present dads as incompetent and unnecessary instead of showcasing fatherhood as a calling to virtuously lead a family, which is the basis for political existence.

The only perspective that is not loudly proclaimed to young people is the traditional idea that men and women are distinct, different, equal, and mutually dependent upon each other for flourishing.

ISI is stepping up to fill the gap.

Questions about gender roles, the nature of man and woman, family, and vocation are tied to tradition, and they point us to a transcendent moral order. Join us as we discuss these fundamental questions and rediscover the fundamental harmony that is supposed to exist between men and women—and how that harmony becomes the foundation for a robust society, a functional political system, and a resilient civilization.

Our programming starts off with a debate on Friday night on the question of whether pornography should be regulated and will continue with a series of lectures and discussions on Saturday.

Register before March 15, 2024.

Debate: "Pornography Should Be Banned in the United States"

Charles C. W. Cooke

Charles C. W. Cooke is a Senior Writer at National Review. He hosts the Charles C. W. Cooke Podcast and is the author of The Conservatarian Manifesto.

Charles is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he studied the Modern History of Politics. He moved to the United States in 2011, became an American citizen in 2018, and lives in Florida with his wife and two children.

Allie Beth Stuckey

Allie Stuckey is the host of the podcast “Relatable,” where she breaks down the latest in culture, news, and politics from a Christian, conservative perspective. She is a frequent guest on Fox News and other media and the writer and author of the best-selling book “You’re Not Enough (and that’s okay).” In 2015, Allie began speaking to college sororities about the importance of voting. In 2016, she started a Facebook page called “The Conservative Millennial”.  After a few months the page started to take off—getting hundreds of thousands and then millions of views.  In 2017, she accepted an offer from TheBlaze as a contributor and began offering commentary on a variety of cable and online TV shows.  By 2018, she had moved to CRTV to start her podcast. (CRTV and TheBlaze later merged to form BlazeTV).  Today, in addition to podcasting, writing, and making the occasional satirical video, Allie speaks to a broad array of gatherings and organizations, including colleges, about the importance of constructing a biblical worldview.

Rod Dreher (Moderator)

Rod Dreher is editor-at-large at The American Conservative and was senior editor at TAC for twelve years. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By LiesThe Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Leming—as well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Budapest, Hungary.

Speakers

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.

Aaron M. Renn

Aaron M. Renn is a writer and consultant in Indianapolis. He’s a Senior Fellow at American Reformer. Formerly he was a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Managing Director at Accenture. He and his work have been featured in many leading media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Guardian, and many more. He lives with his family in Indianapolis. His writings can be found at www.aaronrenn.com.

Rod Dreher

Rod Dreher is editor-at-large at The American Conservative and was senior editor at TAC for twelve years. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By LiesThe Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Leming—as well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Budapest, Hungary.

Erika Bachiochi

Erika Bachiochi is a legal scholar specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. A 2018 visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, she is also a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, MA, where she founded and directs the Wollstonecraft Project. Her newest book, The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision, was published by Notre Dame University Press in 2021.

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