Progressive/Conservative Summit - Friday, October 1 and 2, 2021

3 Speaker Blend

Date and Time

Friday, October 1, 2021


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Richard M. DeVos Center

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A conservative, a progressive, and a libertarian walk onto a stage. They engage in robust discussion. No, that is not a joke. As Americans increasingly write off those they disagree with as "the other," we lose vital opportunities to seek understanding and find areas of actionable common ground. The gap between left and right continues to swell, and fractures within the Democratic and Republican parties have forced Americans to ask: what's now, and what's next for these movements? David French, Matthew Yglesias, and Jane Coaston headline this year's Progressive/Conservative Summit as we explore the divisions driving our nation.

Hosted as part of the Hauenstein Center’s Common Ground Initiative, this summit brings together leading scholars and writers of different intellectual traditions and political persuasions, to discuss how the collision of progressivism and conservatism shapes, has shaped, and will continue to shape our national identity.

This event is presented in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Progressive Women's Alliance. 


Friday, October 1: 

7 PM Keynote: Jane Coaston The Importance of Good-faith Debate

Saturday, October 2: 

9 AM Breakfast and Registration

10 AM Keynote: David French What's Now and What's Next for Conservatism 

11:45 AM Panel: Dissecting the 2020 Census--Shifting Coalitions for the Future of the American Electorate

1 PM Luncheon Workshop 

2:30 PM Keynote Matthew Yglesias What's Now and What's Next for Progressivism 

4:15 PM Panel: Isms--A Cultural Clash of Left and Right

5:30 PM Public Networking Reception

7 PM Keynote: Jane Coaston, David French, and Matthew Yglesias Common Ground

Please stay tuned for presentation descriptions and additional information soon!

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This event also occurs on 10/2/21

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