ISI’s Gala for Western Civilization

Join ISI in Philadelphia on September 19!

ISI’s Fourteenth Annual Gala for Western Civilization offers an incredible opportunity to honor Sir Roger Scruton, widely regarded as the most important conservative thinker of our time.

You will also hear from journalist John O’Sullivan and philanthropist Rebekah Mercer.

Don’t miss the Gala for Western Civilization on September 19

“Our greatest living conservative thinker.” —Daniel Hannan, author, journalist, and politician

“One of the most eminent philosophers in the world.” —Robert P. George, Princeton University

“The world’s greatest conservative thinker.” —Institute for Public Affairs

“The greatest living conservative philosopher.” —The Spectator

“A virtuoso in so many genres that it is almost impossible for any ordinary person to assess his accomplishments.” —Daniel Cullen, Rhodes College

That is just a sampling of the praise for Sir Roger Scruton.

And you can hear from him at ISI’s Fourteenth Annual Gala for Western Civilization on Thursday, September 19. Scruton will accept ISI’s Defender of Western Civilization Award, a fitting honor for the man widely regarded as the most important conservative thinker of our time.

Here are details on the Gala:


Important Update

Sir Roger Scruton regrets that he is not able to accept the award in person, as he is currently undergoing a course of chemotherapy and is unable to travel. He will, however, be joining guests and expressing his gratitude via videolink.

You will hear from John O’Sullivan—journalist, author, and former adviser to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher—along with conservative philanthropist Rebekah Mercer.

John O'Sullivan and Rebekah Mercer

It is going to be a very memorable night that you will not want to miss.

If you have questions, please contact Allyssa Schulz-Fricker at

About Sir Roger Scruton

Sir Roger ScrutonSir Roger Scruton is one of the world’s leading conservative thinkers. In his nearly fifty books, he has explored the philosophical depths of human nature, politics, and culture. His many works include How to Be a ConservativeThe West and the RestBeautyFools, Frauds, and Firebrands; and, most recently, Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition. Reviewing the last book in the Wall Street Journal, historian Richard Aldous called it “one of the most eloquent and even moving evocations of the conservative tradition in Western politics, philosophy and culture I have ever read.”

Scruton founded the Salisbury Review and is now a visiting professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a fellow of the British Academy. In 2016 Queen Elizabeth II knighted Scruton for his services to “philosophy, teaching, and public education.”

In addition to all his contributions as an intellectual, Scruton has dedicated himself to the practical cause of freedom. Most notably, he actively supported dissidents behind the Iron Curtain and helped establish underground education networks there. For many around the globe who have risked their lives to challenge totalist ideologies and regimes, Scruton is both philosopher and hero.

About John O’Sullivan

John O’Sullivan is editor at large of National Review, where he served as editor in chief for almost a decade, until 1998. He has been a regular center-page columnist for the Daily Telegraph, the Times of London, and other publications. Mr. O’Sullivan is also the former executive editor of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty in Prague. A longtime adviser to Margaret Thatcher, he is the author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister, which discusses the roles Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, Prime Minister Thatcher played in the collapse of communism. In 1991 he was made a Commander of the British Empire.