The Socialist Temptation: A Weekend Conference for College Students

March 26-28, 2021
Pittsburgh, PA

A Student Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh

Socialism has made a huge comeback.

On every college campus—including yours—there are students and professors who preach socialism as the “new solution” to our modern problems. Never mind the overwhelming historical evidence of socialism’s failure. The answer for every ailment in society seems to be more government control.

Why are so many drawn to totalitarian ideologies, and what should be done about it?

You are not alone in wanting to push back against the socialist temptation. Join like-minded students for a weekend of learning and discussions that can lead to lifelong friendships.

You’ll learn from, and spend time with, some of today’s leading intellectuals, including First Things editor R. R. Reno and Daniel J. Mahoney, an expert on totalitarianism.

This immersive experience will take place at the Hotel Monaco in Pittsburgh, PA, on March 26–28.

Spots are limited and filling up fast—make sure to apply by February 19!


Speakers Include

R. R. Reno
R. R. Reno

R. R. Reno serves as editor of First Things. He is the author of several books, including Return of the Strong Gods and Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society. Reno has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Commentary, National Review, and many other publications. He received his PhD in theology from Yale University and taught theology and ethics at Creighton University for twenty years.  

Daniel J. Mahoney
Daniel J. Mahoney

Daniel J. Mahoney holds the Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption University. He has written or edited fourteen books, including The Solzhenitsyn Reader and The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity. He is a specialist on totalitarianism and anti-totalitarian thought, and has spoken at more than a hundred colleges and universities and participated in well over two hundred academic or intellectual forums and conferences.

What Students Are Saying About ISI Conferences

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- Laura S., Villanova University, Fulbright recipient
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- Micah M., Hillsdale College
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- Seth N., University of Oklahoma


Applications are due February 19.

Contact Elizabeth Newman at with any questions.