The American Conservative’s 2021 Gala

October 7, 2021

The Mayflower Hotel

Join The American Conservative for our annual Gala at The Mayflower Hotel.

The gala features a keynote speech from former Attorney General and US Senator from Alabama Jeff Sessions. 

The evening will also showcase the presentation of TAC’s Conservative Mind Award to Rachel Bovard and Lifetime Achievement Award to University of Pennsylvania Professor Dr. Walter McDougall.

Evening Program

  • VIP Reception: 5:00-6:30 pm
  • Cocktail Reception: 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
  • Dinner & Keynote Speech: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

To register for or sponsor the gala, click here.

Past Events

“Main Street” Conservatism: The Future of the Right

March 27, 2021

The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel 200 Main Street Fort Worth, TX 76102

Where does the conservative movement go in the post-Trump era? Does the Trump phenomenon represent an ideological shift for the Right–or does the policy playbook remain the same?

TAC’s “Main Street” conservatism serves as a roadmap for our current moment: Realism & restraint in foreign affairs. A humane economy that prioritizes families and local communities. An immigration system that takes into account the challenges of assimilation and the social fabric of communities already here. A social realm that rejects the poison of idenity politics and licentiousness.

Please join the leadership of The American Conservative for a special dinner on the Saturday evening of the Spring meeting of the Philadelphia Society as they expand on this vision for the magazine the movement.

Click here to register.

Sponorship opportunities are available. To learn more, please visit www.theamericanconservative.com/TXdinner, or contact Shaun Rieley at [email protected]theamericanconservative.com.

Idols, Identity Politics, and Lies of Our Age

March 20, 2021

Patrick Henry College/Virtual


How should Christians respond to the challenges of our time? This is a question that many are struggling to answer these days. As identity politics has continued to gain strength, it has come to look less like a mode of political engagement and more like a substitute religion, challenging the traditional religious practices that have underpinned the American social and political order.

Rod DreherJoshua Mitchell, and Daniel Mahoney have all recently written insightful books that address different aspects of this issue, aimed at helping Christians and other traditionally-minded people navigate this new “woke” world.

On March 20th, 2021 The American Conservative is partnering with our friends at Patrick Henry College and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute to host an important discussion between these three leading lights. They will offer their thoughts on how Christians and conservatives can better understand these trends and respond effectively.


10:00 Daniel J. Mahoney: “The Ersatz Religion of our Time”

11: 15 Joshua Mitchell: “2021: The Year of the Scapegoat”

12:15-1:00 Break for Lunch

1:00 Rod Dreher: “Living in Truth”

2:15 Roundtable discussion with Mahoney, Mitchell, and Dreher

For more information and to register, click here.

In-person attendance is limited to Patrick Henry College students,. Please join us via live-stream.


Boomers & Dissidents

January 28, 2021

Veritas Prep Academy, Phoenix Arizona

Join The American Conservative in Phoenix on January 28, 6pm-7:30 pm MST, for an event celebrating the release of senior editor Helen Andrews’s new book BOOMERS: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster. Helen will chat with Rod Dreher, senior editor at The American Conservative and author of Live Not By Lies in a conversation moderated by Dr. Robert L.  Jackson, chief academic officer at the Great Hearts Foundation.

Don’t miss out on this timely and important discussion!

Register here!

The books will be available for purchase at the event. Cash only.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance capacity will be limited; register today for in-person attendance.  The discussion will also be live-streamed through The American Conservative social media channels.  The link will be sent to registrants in advance of the event.


Live Not By Lies: A Conversation with Rod Dreher and James Poulos

December 17, 2020

Texas Public Policy Foundation, Austin Texas

The The American Conservative and Texas Public Policy Foundation  invite you to join Rod Dreher, senior editor at The American Conservative, as he discusses his New York Times-bestselling book, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, with James Poulos, executive editor of The American Mind. Complimentary refreshments will be provided, and books will be available onsite for purchase.

This event will be hosted simultaneously in the TPPF Theater in Austin and online via livestream. 

RSVP here for an in-person or an online ticket to receive more details, as well as access to the event video if you’re unable to watch live. All health and safety protocols will be followed. 

The American Conservative’s 5th Annual Crony Capitalism Conference

April 21, 2021

The National Press Club

The American Conservative’s 5th Annual Crony Capitalism Conference

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created to be a lifeline to small businesses struggling to stay afloat as the response to COVID-19 severely restricted their operations and decimated their bottom lines. But funding was quickly distributed to publicly traded companies, including established franchises, while mom and pop operations struggled to get access. Big and small banks alike allocated the lion’s share of monies to their relationship customers first, demonstrating once again that, even in a pandemic, the well-connected always end up at the front of the line.

COVID-19 measures made other parts of the playing field uneven, too, as business operating guidelines gave more latitude to the restaurants and retailers frequented by the elite than to neighborhood diners and corner stores.

What role did government and industry cronyism play in shaping our COVID economy? And how do we make sure all businesses, big and small, are treated fairly in a society still under the corona sun?

Join us for a special discussion on this timely topic.

Welcome: Emile Doak, Executive Director, The American Conservative

Opening Remarks: Ambassador C. Boyden Gray

Keynote Address:James DeMint, Chairman of the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI) and former US senator from South Carolina*

Panel Discussion: COVID Cronyism and Its Impact on Small Business

Mark Meadows, Partner at CPI, former White House Chief of Staff and US Congressman from North Carolina

Veronique de Rugy, Senior Research Fellow, The Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Chris Bedford, Senior Editor, The Federalist

Micah Meadowcroft, Managing Editor, The American Conservative (moderator)

Concluding remarks: Emile Doak, Executive Director, The American Conservative


Continental Breakfast will be provided.

*via Zoom.

Registration is for in-person attendance. The event will also be livecast. No registration needed for livecast; details to be provided the day of the event.


Beyond 2020: The Future of Realism and Restraint in a Chaotic World

November 5, 2020

The Ritz Carlton Tyson's Corner

Did you miss The American Conservative’s Foreign Policy conference last week? No problem! The video for TAC’s 7th Annual Foreign Policy Conference: Beyond 2020: The Future of Realism and Restraint in a Chaotic World is now available.

As we move forward from a presidential election which may ultimately be settled in the court system, where does all this leave restrainers and realists? Is there hope for a noninterventionist foreign policy in the near future?

Election 2020 Results: What Does This Mean for Foreign Policy?

  • Matt Purple, senior editor, The American Conservative

  • Dan Caldwell, senior advisor, Concerned Veterans for America

  • John Glaser, director of foreign policy studies, Cato Institute

  • Moderator: Rachel Bovard, senior director of policy, Conservative Partnership Institute

The China Problem: Realism or Restraint? 

  • Doug Bandow, senior fellow, Cato Institute

  • Harry Kazianis, senior director of Korean studies, Center for the National Interest

  • Gordon Chang, author, The Coming Collapse of China

  • Moderator: Curt Mills, senior reporter, The American Conservative

National Conservatism: An Easy Fit for Restrained Foreign Policy?

  • Robert W. Merry, writer-at-large, The American Conservative

  • John Fonte, director, Center for American Common Culture at the Hudson Institute

  • Amber Athey, Washington editor, Spectator USA

  • Moderator: William S. Smith, managing director, Center for the Study of Statesmanship at Catholic University

The Foreign Policy Future of the Right

  • Michael Anton, research fellow at Hillsdale College

  •  Chris Buskirk, editor & publisher,  American Greatness

  •  Moderator: Arthur Bloom, web editor, The American Conservative

Great Power Politics in the ’20s and Beyond

  • John Mearsheimer, professor of political science, Harvard University’s Kennedy School

  • Stephen Walt, professor of international affairs, University of Chicago

  • Moderator: Curt Mills, senior reporter, The American Conservative

Grading the Trump First Term: Did He Drain the Swamp?

  • Gil Barndollar, senior research fellow, Center for the Study of Statesmanship at Catholic University

  • Kelley Vlahos, senior advisor, Quincy Institute

  • Daniel McCarthy, editor, Modern Age

  • Moderator: Barbara Boland, foreign policy & national security reporter, The American Conservative

Concluding Remarks, Emile Doak, The American Conservative

Whole Life: A Common Sense Agenda for Strengthening the American Family

October 14, 2020

Virtual Event

Whole Life: A Common Sense Agenda for Strengthening The American Family

Stagnant middle class wages, burdensome student loan debt, rising housing costs and delayed family formation have crumbled the building block of our society. For too long politicians have paid lip service to family values but have done very little to support the bedrock institution that undergirds society from the bottom up. If social conservatism is to have a future in American politics, conservatives must become pro-life for the whole of life. As an appetite for a pro-worker, pro-family agenda grows on the Right, it’s worth considering how we might adopt policies to promote strong families, resilient faith communities and a thriving middle class.

On October 14, The American Conservative, American Principles Project and Plough Quarterly  hosted a conference to explore the nature of the crisis and present a winning policy agenda moving forward.

Watch the Full Conference


Welcome:Emile Doak, vice president of advancement & programs, The American Conservative

Keynote Address: Pastor J. Heinrich Arnold, the Bruderfhof

Panel 1: Our Cultural Crisis: Why is Pro-Family Policy Needed Now?

Rod Dreher, senior editor, The American Conservative
W. Bradford Wilcox, senior fellow,  The Institute for Family Studies
Ed Lawson, president, Family & Community Engagement Services
Marshall Kosloff , media fellow, Hudson Institute (moderator)

Panel 2: A New Policy Agenda: What Does Pro-Family Policy Look Like in Practice?

Jonathan Schweppe, director of government affairs, American Principles Project
Samuel Hammond, director of policy & welfare study, Niskanen Center
Oren Cass, executive director, American Compass
Catherine Pakaluk, director of social research, Catholic University of America

Concluding Remarks, Emile A. Doak, vice president, advancement & programs, The American Conservative



Healthcare Under Siege: The American Conservative’s Fourth Annual Crony Capitalism Conference

October 20, 2020

Virtual: 11 am-1:00 pm

Healthcare Under Siege: How Industry and Government Colluded to Create a Crisis for Consumers

Watch the Full Conference



Welcome, Emile A. Doak, vice president,  advancement & programs, The American Conservative

Opening Remarks: Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, founding partner Boyden Gray & Associates

Keynote Address: Joe Lonsdale, founding partner, 8VC and co-founder, Palantir

Panel 1: Middle Men, Mark- Ups & Cronyism in the Age of Covid

  • Dr. Robert Graboyes, senior research fellow and health care scholar, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Joe Lonsdale, founding partner 8VC and co-founder of Palantir
  • Avik Roy, president, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
  • AnneMarie Schieber, research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Healthcare News (moderator)

Panel 2: Beyond Obamacare- Will an Expanded Public Option Curb Cronyism or Make a Bad Situation Worse?

  • Michael F. Cannon, director of health policy studies, Cato Institute
  • Nick Sorrentinoco-founder and editor of AC2NEWS.com and AgainstCronyCapitalism.org
  • Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute
  • Leonora Cravotta, director of operations,  The American Conservative (moderator)

Concluding Remarks, Emile A. Doak, vice president, advancement and programs, The American Conservative




The Bipartisanship America Needs: Left-Right Convergence on Confronting Monopoly

November 14, 2019

The National Press Club

The American Conservative and The American Prospect joined for an important discussion about how the left and right can collaborate to confront monopoly power on November 14 at The National Press Club.

The event featured FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra.

TAC & American Prospect Present 11/14/19: Right-Left Convergence Against Monopoly

Other speakers included:

  • David Daven, executive editor, The American Prospect
  • Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor The American Prospect
  • Jim Antle, editor, The American Conservative
  • Jonathan Tepper, The American Conservative senior fellow and author of The Myth of Capitalism
  • Phillip Longman, managing editor, Open Markets Institute and author of Best Care Anywhere
  • Sandeep Vaheesan, legal director, Open Markets Institute
  • Guy Rolnik , clinical associate professor of strategic management at the Booth School of Business and senior fellow with the Stigler Center.
  • Alan Tonelson , founder of RealityChek, a public policy blog focusing on economics and national security, and the author of The Race to the Bottom.
  • Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, director of the Competition Law Forum, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Till We Have Rebuilt Notre Dame: A Conversation on the Future of Architecture, Faith, and Civilization in the West

September 17, 2019

Church of St. Agnes, New York, NY


Till We Have Rebuilt Notre Dame: A Conversation on the Future of Architecture, Faith, and Civilization in the West

presented by The American Conservative and The Westerfield Institute

The wide outcry at the fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris seemed to indicate that many people care about the West’s cultural inheritance from Christendom. Yet with so many Christian traditions threatened by both architectural and religious decay, is there hope for civilization? The French government has insisted it will rebuild, but will it be restored in a way that respects the cathedral’s Christian and Western heritage?

On September 17, 2019, University of Notre Dame Professor of Architecture Duncan G. Stroik, Michael Brendan Dougherty, author of My Father Left Me Ireland., and The American Conservative’s senior editor Rod Dreher participated in a wide-ranging discussion of this watershed moment for Notre Dame, Western civilization, and more.

Watch the full video


The Impact of War on Religious Freedom

July 19, 2019

The Museum of The Bible, Washington D.C.

The American Conservative was proud to be a co-sponsor of the Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy’s July 19 conference: The Impact of War on Religious Freedom, 9 am-12 pm, The Museum of The Bible.

The event featured a keynote speech from Senator Rick Santorum (Republican-PA)

And a roster of speakers on this important topic including:

W. James Antle III, Editor, The American Conservative
Kristina Arriaga, President, Oxford Society for Law and Religion
Rev. Dr. Andrew P. W. Bennett, Senior Fellow and Director, Religious Freedom Institute
Nadine Maenza, Commissioner, United States Commission on Religious Freedom

Red State=Clean Energy:How Market-Driven Clean Energy Is Transforming the Texas Electrical Grid

March 8, 2018

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2045, Washington, DC.

Red State=Clean Energy:How Market-Driven Clean Energy Is Transforming the Texas Electrical Grid

 March 8, 2018. Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2045, Washington, DC.

Thanks to past actions by state leaders, Texas is in the midst of a clean energy transition driven primarily by market forces. Over the last 20 years, the deregulation of the Texas electricity market and other initiatives, such as adopting one of the first Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and investing in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) to bring renewable power to Texas cities, have laid the foundation for today’s market-driven transition away from coal and toward cleaner fuels like natural gas and renewable energy.

What can federal lawmakers learn from the Texas example? TAC co-hosted a discussion of how these trends are playing out in the Texas electric market, how conservative leaders are embracing the economic benefits of clean energy, and what the “Texas story” can teach us about current energy debates in Washington and around the country.

Watch the full discussion here. This event was co-sponsored by the R Street Institute, Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC), and The American Conservative.


U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era: Can Realism and Restraint Prevail?

November 3, 2017. Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Since its founding in 2002, The American Conservative has advocated for a truly

Paul Kennedy, Christopher Preble, John Mearsheimer, Michael C. Desch, and Daniel McCarthy.

conservative foreign policy: one that rejects neoconservatism not in favor of “isolationism,” but in the great American traditions of realism, prudence, and restraint.  This fall, TAC convened leading scholars, policy experts, and journalists to make the case for realism and restraint in the Trump era. Speakers included Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), John Mearsheimer, Paul Kennedy, former Ambassador Jack Matlock, Jr. and many more. Read our recap and watch full video of the conference here.