Come to ISI’s Inaugural Homecoming Weekend, June 25–26!

Join ISI alumni, faculty, and supporters for a weekend of fellowship and a renewal of your ISI intellectual experience.

Hosted on ISI’s beautiful 20-acre campus in Wilmington, Delaware, ISI’s inaugural Homecoming will be a weekend to remember. 

Special discounted rate of only $50 for ISI students and alumni under age 30!

ISI Homecoming

A Snapshot of ISI’s Homecoming Weekend

  • Friday night: A dinner honoring the winner of ISI’s 2021 Conservative Book of the Year award—the acclaimed thinker Yuval Levin for his book A Time to Build
  • Saturday morning: A reunion conference featuring influential speakers like historian Wilfred McClay, Baylor University professor Elizabeth Corey, the American Conservative’s Helen Andrews, Modern Age editors Daniel McCarthy and Samuel Goldman, and several others
  • Saturday afternoon: A special reunion luncheon for alumni of ISI’s Graduate Fellowship Program
  • Saturday evening: A reception and groundbreaking ceremony for the forthcoming Linda L. Bean Conference Center on ISI’s campus

Friday Evening: Conservative Book of the Year Dinner

Yuval Levin, A Time to BuildAnd the Conservative Book of the Year is . . .

 . . . Yuval Levin’s A Time to Build.

Join us Friday evening to hear from Levin about his timely and important book. The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan hails A Time to Build as “exactly what America needs right now”—“a moving call to recommit to the great project of our common life.” 

You will see why Levin has been called “one of the two or three most influential young writers in politics today” (David Brooks, New York Times), “one of the most influential conservative writers in the United States” (Foreign Affairs), and “one of conservatism’s most sophisticated and measured explicators” (George F. Will). 


  • 5:30 p.m.: Private Sponsor Reception
  • 6:00 p.m.: General Reception
  • 7:00 p.m.: Dinner

Saturday Morning: Reunion Conference

ISI panel discussionAlumni often ask us how they can continue their ISI experience after they graduate.

Here is your chance. 

On Saturday morning, get a taste of the serious and spirited discussion that characterizes all ISI events. You will hear from prominent conservative thinkers and leaders like:

  • Historian Wilfred McClay
  • Baylor University professor Elizabeth Corey
  • American Conservative senior editor and Boomers author Helen Andrews
  • Modern Age editors Daniel McCarthy and Samuel Goldman
  • The Conservative Policy Institute’s Rachel Bovard
  • Heritage Foundation cofounder Ed Feulner
  • . . . and several others!

The discussions will cover big issues including the future of conservatism and the state of higher education today.

Come with questions for the speakers! 

Enjoy a continental breakfast before the morning conference. Boxed lunches will be served when the session ends.


  • 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m.: Conference Begins
  • 12:30 p.m.: Boxed Lunches Available

Saturday Afternoon: Graduate Fellow Reunion Luncheon

ISI Weaver Fellow alumniISI’s Graduate Fellowship Program has a distinguished history dating back to 1964, when the first class of Richard M. Weaver Fellows was named. Alumni of the program include economist Tyler Cowen, Hillsdale College president Larry Arnn, Heritage Foundation cofounder Ed Feulner, Land of Hope author Wilfred McClay, and hundreds of others.

The inaugural ISI Homecoming Weekend will mark the first reunion of ISI Graduate Fellows. ISI will host a special luncheon for former and current Graduate Fellows on the Saturday afternoon of Homecoming Weekend.

If you are a current or former ISI Graduate Fellow, be sure to register for this reunion luncheon. The event is complimentary—but reserve your seat now, because attendance will be limited to the first 100 people who sign up.

Note: You must be a former or current ISI Graduate Fellow to attend the Saturday luncheon. Spouses may attend as well.


  • 1:00 p.m.: Graduate Fellow Reunion Luncheon

Saturday Evening: Reception and
Groundbreaking Ceremony

Aerial view of ISICap off Homecoming Weekend with an evening of fellowship with ISI alumni, faculty, supporters, and students.

During this Saturday evening reception, you will enjoy cocktails, dinner, and live music and dancing . . .

. . . not to mention the beauty of ISI’s bucolic campus, with its stunning views of a vast reservoir.

You will also witness the groundbreaking on the Linda L. Bean Conference Center. This large hall will allow ISI’s campus to become a hub of educational programming for students—and of events for faculty, alumni, and supporters! 

ISI trustee Linda L. Bean gave the lead gift on this important project. She says, “I’m so excited that this center will allow ISI to fully leverage its beautiful property by welcoming so many more students and other visitors.”


  • 5:00 p.m.: Reception Begins
  • 6:00 p.m.: Groundbreaking
  • 7:00 p.m.: Dinner and Party


Hotel du PontISI’s original room block at the beautiful Hotel du Pont has already sold out.

But we have also reserved a block of hotel rooms for the nights of Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26, at the Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown

You can reserve your room at our special discounted rate here.

The Sheraton Suites is a short drive from ISI’s campus, which is located at 3901 Centerville Road in Wilmington. During Homecoming Weekend, ISI will transport you between the campus and the hotel.

The Sheraton Suites is only a short walk from the Hotel du Pont, where on Friday night ISI’s Conservative Book of the Year Dinner will be held. 

Other hotels within walking distance of the Sheraton Suites and the Hotel du Pont:

Registration for ISI’s Inaugural Homecoming Weekend has closed. For special requests contact Allyssa Schulz at