The conference will be on the campus of Hope College in Holland, MI.  Go to the Maas Conference Center on the corner of Tenth and Columbia, on the back side of Phelps Hall. On-site registration will be available starting at 8:15am. Cash or check only.

We hope to see you there.

Welcome: 9:00-9:15

Panel 1: Politics and Economics 9:15-10:30

  • Jeff Polet, Hope College
  • William Schambra, Hudson Institute
  • Richard Gamble, Hillsdale College

Panel 2: Local Culture 10:45-12:00

  • Bill Kauffman, author of Ain’t My America
  • Patrick Deneen, University of Notre Dame
  • Mark T. Mitchell, Patrick Henry College

Lunch: 12:15-1:00

Keynote Address: Eric Jacobsen, author of The Space Between, 1:00-1:45

Panel 3: Environment and Place 2:00-3:15

  • Jason Peters, Augustana College
  • Arthur Verslius, author of Island Farm
  • D. G. Hart, Hillsdale College

Panel 4: Food and Farming 3:30-4:45

  • Mary Berry Smith, The Berry Center
  • Katherine Dalton, Contributing editor to Chronicles magazine
  • Matt Bonzo, Cornerstone University

 Closing Remarks: 4:45-5:00

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  1. I just received notice of your fall conference. However, when I clicked on to register, the site said conference was closed. How could this be? I just received the notice. I’m glad there is so much interest.

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