Progressive/Conservative Summit 2018

Friday, April 13-14, 2018

At a moment of deep uncertainty for the Republican and Democratic parties alike, Americans of all political stripes have an opportunity to escape their echo chambers and pursue meaningful interaction across philosophical and political difference. In partnership with the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation, the Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan, and the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, the Hauenstein Center is proud to host the 2018 Progressive/Conservative Summit. The summit assembled national thought leaders from the left and the right for important conversations about the past, present, and future of American civic life.


Mark Lilla: After Identity Liberalism


Angela Dillard: Civil Rights Conservatism


Susan J. McWilliams: Civic Confusion on Campus

Eric Miller: Haven in a Heartless World: Christopher Lasch’s Democratic Hope

Molly Worthen: Teaching Critical Empathy in a Post-Truth, Pro-Feelings Age

Andrew Hartman: The Culture Wars, Revisited