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AWC Lecture: "Restoring the Promise of America"

F.H. Buckley, Foundation Professor, George Mason University School of Law

Monday, July 11, 2016


Frank Buckley is a Foundation Professor at George Mason University School of Law, where he has taught since 1989. Previously he was a visiting Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and he has also taught at McGill Law School, the Sorbonne, and Sciences Po in Paris. He received his B.A. from McGill University and his LL.M. from Harvard University. He is a senior editor of The American Spectator and the author of several books, including The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America and The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America.


AWC Lecture: "The Next Supreme Court Justice"

Scott Pruitt, Attorney General, Oklahoma

Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. (EDT)| lunch provided


Scott Pruitt was elected as Attorney General of Oklahoma in 2010. He received a B.A. from Georgetown College and a J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law. He served for eight years in the Oklahoma State Senate, where he was an advocate for fiscal responsibility, religious freedom, and the right to life. As Attorney General, he established Oklahoma’s Federalism Unit to combat unwarranted regulation and overreach by the federal government. He is a past president of the Republican Attorneys General Association.

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AWC Lecture: The War on Cops

Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The War on Cops DustjacketSince summer 2014, America has been convulsed with a protest movement known as Black Lives Matter, which claims that police officers are among the greatest threats—if not the greatest threat—to young black males. Heather Mac Donald challenges that narrative, explaining why proactive policing tactics, from stop-and-frisk to “broken windows,” constitute the greatest public policy success story of the last quarter century and have resulted in a record-breaking decline in crime that no criminologist or police chief foresaw.



March 22, 2016

Freedom and Academia:
Toward a Restoration of Sanity

David M. Whalen

The discord on American campuses today is more than an impediment to education; it is an indication that the principle on which education rests has largely been lost. It is that principle, at the heart of a proper understanding of education, that is the key to the restoration of sanity in American higher education.


February 24, 2016

Political Correctness and Domestic Terror

Andrew McCarthy

For nearly a quarter century, the West has remained willfully blind to Islamic supremacist ideology, preferring to see terrorists as wanton killers unconnected to any belief system. Refusing to come to terms with what jihadists are trying to achieve and why, we miss the connection between their objectives and those who promote accommodation of Islamic law through non-violence, and how unassimilated Muslim populations breed jihadism. As a result, we face a threat of domestic attacks greater than we have faced since 9/11.


February 3, 2016

Article I Project Launch

The Article I Project is being undertaken by a network of House and Senate conservatives working together on a broad agenda to reclaim Congress’s constitutional powers.


November 12, 2015

Liberalism Versus Conservatism in the Run-Up to 2016:
Where the Debate Stands

William Voegeli

Sixty years after the launch of National Review marked the beginning of the modern American conservative movement, the liberal-conservative debate is, in some respects, very similar to what it was in 1955, and in others strikingly different. The emergence in recent years of such groups as the Tea Party and Black Lives Matter indicates an increasingly divided nation. It may be a useful time, then, to revisit some basic questions: What do progressives mean by progress? And what do conservatives want to conserve?


October 29, 2015

Populism in America:
Is the Past Prologue?

Henry Olsen

Although “populism” is an unpopular political term, virtually all enduring coalitions in American politics have started as populist movements. Indeed, the strength of these coalitions comes from their ties to a mature populism—a political seriousness careful to maintain popular appeal. Examining the common characteristics of successful populist movements in our history might be useful in analyzing our current politics and in thinking about the future.


September 22, 2015

An ‘Extravagant Conception of Judicial Supremacy’:
Rescuing the Constitution from the Supreme Court

Matthew J. Franck

In its recent term, the scope of the Supreme Court’s bold arrogation of power reached new proportions in its same-sex marriage ruling. Even Chief Justice Roberts was moved to refer to the majority’s “extravagant conception of judicial supremacy.” But what do we mean by judicial supremacy? Does it have more than one meaning? What are the roots of its “extravagant” contemporary form? And did the Framers’ Constitution give us any tools for responding to an out-of-control judicial branch?


July 10, 2015

History for a Democracy: Reflections on the AP History Controversy

Wilfred McClay


June 23, 2015

Consequences of an Idea: The Social Cost of Redefining Marriage

Robert P. George


June 2, 2015

Thomas More on Liberty, Law, and Statesmanship

Gerard Wegemer


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