Born in 1989 to an Arab Muslim family, Hussein Aboubakr Mansour is an Egyptian researcher of Jewish and Middle Eastern history and Hebrew literature. Due to government persecution related to his advocacy for tolerance and peace and countering antisemitism, Hussein left Egypt to become a political refugee in the United States, where he is a researcher and military language instructor.
Nick Adams is a best-selling Australian author, columnist and political commentator. He also serves as a Centennial Institute Policy Fellow at Colorado Christian University. Adams's work has been published in newspapers around the world such as The Washington Examiner and The Korea Times, and online at Fox News, Daily Caller, The Blaze, Jewish World Review and elsewhere. Adams's acclaimed book, The American Boomerang, makes the case for American exceptionalism, examining America through Australian eyes. He earned both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Sydney.
Gloria Álvarez is a political scientist, radio broadcaster, and project director at the National Civic Movement of Guatemala (MCN), an NGO that advocates for the participation of an informed, responsible, and active citizenry in national politics. She also is the host of a series of educational videos on Youtube channel of Fundación Libertad y Progreso (Freedom and Progress Foundation). In 2016, Alvarez published "El engaño populista" ("The Populist Deception"), a book that examines the consequences of populism is Latin America.
Alison Armstrong is a world-renowned lecturer and author of several books and audio CDs, including Making Sense of Men: A Woman's Guide to a Lifetime of Love, Care and Attention from All Men. Her workshops, "Celebrating Men, Satisfying Women," have helped thousands of people learn how to restore intimacy in troubled romantic relationships. With her friend Joan McClain, Ms. Armstrong founded PAX Programs with the mission of "altering society's culture by transforming the way women relate to men." PAX, the Latin word for "peace," is an acronym for Partnership, Adoration and Xtasy. Through her workshops, books and audio CDs, Ms. Armstrong provides common-sense, useful information on how to make the most of intimate relationships and how to achieve harmony between the sexes. Her website is understandmen.com.
Anne Bayefsky is currently the director of the Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust. Prior to that, she was a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and taught at Columbia University Law School and York University in Toronto. Professor Bayefsky has authored several books on human rights, including The UN and Beyond: United Democratic Nations. In 2003, she launched a website, www.Bayefsky.com, whose mission is to enhance the implementation of the human rights legal standards of the United Nations. Her website is a highly-regarded legal database for international human rights, and has attracted over 750,000 visitors from 181 countries since it was launched. She has served as a distinguished Canadian delegate to several international meetings, including the U.N. Human Rights Commission and the U.N. General Assembly.
Felipe Moura Brasil
Felipe Moura Brasil is a journalist and columnist for Veja, a popular weekly news magazine in Brazil. He is one of Latin America's most prominent conservatives in public life.
David Brog is Executive Director of the Maccabee Task Force and Director of Christians United for Israel. Brog worked in the United States Senate for seven years, rising to be chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was also previously an executive at America Online. Brog is the author of Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State (2006), In Defense of Faith: the Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity (2010), and Reclaiming Israel's History: Roots, Rights, and the Struggle for Peace (2017).
Arthur C. Brooks holds a Doctorate in Public Policy and is currently president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Throughout his career, Arthur has conducted research on the connections between culture, politics and economic life, and has published hundreds of articles and 10 books on subjects ranging from the economics of the arts to military operations research. He spent 10 years as a university professor, teaching economics, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship.
His newest book, The Road to Freedom, makes the moral case for the free enterprise system.
Tammy Bruce is a radio talk show host, New York Times bestselling author, blogger, Fox News Political Contributor and columnist at Newsmax.com and The Guardian newspaper. A lifelong Democrat (until 2008 when she registered as unaffiliated), Ms. Bruce worked on a number of Democratic campaigns in the 1990s, including the 1992 Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein senate races and the Clinton for President campaign. President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky and the liberal and feminist establishment's continued support of him was one of many tipping points in Ms. Bruce's consideration of conservative ideals.
Adam Carolla is the host of the most downloaded podcast in history The Adam Carolla Show and starred in TLC's The Adam Carolla Project and Comedy Central's Too Late with Adam Carolla. He was also the cohost of The Man Show, Loveline, and The Car Show on Speed TV. In 2010, Carolla wrote the New York Times best-selling book In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks. He just published his newest book, Not Taco Bell Material.
Joshua Charles is the co-author of the #1 New York Times best-selling book The Original Argument, author of the recent bestseller Liberty’s Secrets: The Lost Wisdom of America’s Founders, and the co-author of the new release God, Israel, and You: The Scandalous Story of a Faithful God. He's also a writer and researcher at the Museum of the Bible.
Jay Cost has been a top political analyst for nearly a decade, and is now a staff writer for The Weekly Standard. A former writer for the political website RealClearPolitics, Cost is also the author of "Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic."
Steven Crowder is an actor, comedian, and political commentator. He is the host of Louder with Crowder, a former contributor to the Fox News Channel, a regular guest on TheBlaze, and frequently featured on The Glenn Beck Program and The Dana Show.
Khurram Dara is an attorney and the author of "Contracting Fear: Islamic Law in the Middle East and Middle America." He writes about religion and Islam in America and has written for several outlets including CNN's Belief Blog and The Washington Post's On Faith blog. He is a graduate of Emory University and Columbia Law School.
Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called "the nation's most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer" and one of its "most distinguished defenders of individual rights," "the best-known criminal lawyer in the world," "the top lawyer of last resort," "America's most public Jewish defender" and "Israel's single most visible defender -- the Jewish state's lead attorney in the court of public opinion." Professor Dershowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 after clerking for Judge David Bazelon and Justice Arthur Goldberg. Until his retirement from teaching in 2013, he was the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
Daniel DiSalvo is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership and an assistant professor of political science at The City College of New York-CUNY. His scholarship focuses on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government, and public policy. Professor DiSalvo is the author of Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences, and Government Unions and the Bankrupting of America. He also writes frequently for popular publications, including National Affairs, The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, The Tocqueville Review, Congress & the Presidency, and The Journal of Policy History.
Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and a demographer by training, is also a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research, a member of the visiting committee at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the Global Leadership Council at the World Economic Forum. He researches and writes extensively on economic development, foreign aid, global health, demographics, and poverty. He is the author of numerous monographs and articles on North and South Korea, East Asia, and countries of the former Soviet Union. His books range from The End of North Korea (AEI Press, 1999) to The Poverty of the Poverty Rate (AEI Press, 2008).
Best-selling author, nationally syndicated columnist, and radio talk-show host Larry Elder is the former host of what was the longest-running afternoon drive time radio show in Los Angeles, "The Larry Elder Show." Now a host on KRLA 870, Larry has written best selling books that include The 10 Things You Can’t Say in America, Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies and the Special Interests That Divide America, and What’s Race Got to Do with It? Why it’s Time to Stop the Stupidest Argument in America.
Alex Epstein is the director of the Center for Industrial Progress, a for-profit think tank he founded in 2011. Its mission is to "inspire Americans to embrace industrial progress as a cultural ideal." He is also a blogger at Master Resource, a "Free Market Energy Blog," and a past fellow of the Ayn Rand Institute. Alex is also the author of the book Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet. A regular columnist at Forbes.com, his writings have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Investor's Business Daily, among hundreds of other publications. Alex is a regular guest speaker at dozens of universities, including Stanford, Duke, Rice, and UCLA. He has debated Greenpeace, 350.org, and the Sierra Club on energy and environmental issues.
Anthony Esolen is a professor at Providence College, where he teaches English literature, Shakespeare, western civilization, and Jacobean drama. A prize-winning poet in his own right, Dr. Esolen has published translations of the works of other poets, including Dante's Divine Comedy, Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, and Lucretius's On the Nature of Things. He is a senior editor and regular contributor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He has also written for First Things, Catholic World Report, Magnificat, Angelus, and Catholic Men's Quarterly. His books include Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization, and Ironies of Faith.
Robert Florczak earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Cooper Union in New York City, studying painting under Will Barnet and photography under Gary Winogrand. Mr. Florczak was artist-in-residence at Widener University, and taught painting at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, the Laguna College Of Art and Design, and the San Francisco Academy of Art University.
As a professional artist, he has had an active career spanning four decades, with extensive work in the fine art, advertising, entertainment, and publishing fields. His original works are in the private collections of Mel Gibson, Michael Jackson (including the logo of Neverland Ranch), Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Stewart (now at the James Stewart Theater at Princeton University), and Paul Allen (Microsoft's co-founder), among others, and in the corporate collections of AT&T, Random House and Beecham Pharmaceuticals, to mention a few. His website is robertflorczak.com.
Burt Folsom is a professor of history at Hillsdale College, Michigan.
He's written several books, including The Myth of the Robber Barons, New Deal or Raw Deal: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America, and FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America.
Folsom is a former associate of the Free Enterprise Institute and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, both free market think tanks, and a frequent guest of the libertarian organization Foundation for Economic Education.
Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, a best-selling author and a two-time presidential candidate for the nomination of the Republican Party. His books include Flat Tax Revolution: Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS, Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn't, and Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity.
Rebecca Friedrichs has been a California public school teacher for nearly 30 years, and was one of the lead plaintiffs in the historic Supreme Court case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. In that case, Friedrichs and 10 other California public school teachers, tried to break the stranglehold that teachers unions have over public education in California. Her case ended in a 4-4 tie, but it lit the flame for the school choice movement's fight against the teachers unions, and for students.
Nicole Gelinas is the Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Gelinas writes on urban economics and finance, municipal and corporate finance, and business issues. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Her most recent book, After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington was published on November 2009 by Encounter Books.
Robert P. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Founder and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. In 2012-13 and subsequently he has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, where he has taught civil liberties and philosophy of law.
He is author of Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality (1993), In Defense of Natural Law (1999), The Clash of Orthodoxies (2002), Conscience and Its Enemies (2013), and co-author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life (2008) Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics (2008), and What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (2012).
Jim Geraghty is a conservative blogger and regular contributor to National Review. He is the author of National Review’s Campaign Spot blog and “Morning Jolt” newsletter. Geraghty has written two books: "Voting to Kill: How 9/11 Launched the Era of Republican Leadership", and "The Weed Agency: A Comic Tale of Federal Bureaucracy Without Limits."
George Gilder is chairman of George Gilder Fund Management, LLC, host of the Gilder Telecosm Forum and publisher of the Gilder Friday Letter. He is also a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute where he directs Discovery's program on high technology and public policy, and the former Editor in Chief of the Gilder Technology Report. Mr. Gilder pioneered the formulation of supply-side economics when he served as Chairman of the Lehrman Institute's Economic Roundtable, as Program Director for the Manhattan Institute, and as a frequent contributor to A.B. Laffer's economic reports and the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. His latest work, The Israel Test, relates his work on capitalism to the safety and prosperity of Israel, which Gilder calls "the central issue in international politics" in our time.
Jonah Goldberg was the founding editor of National Review Online and is currently editor-at-large of NRO. He writes a nationally syndicated column published by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Post, Dallas Morning News and scores of other papers. His first book, Liberal Fascism, was a #1 New York Times and Amazon bestseller and was selected as the #1 history book of 2008 by Amazon readers. His newest book is The Tyranny of Clichés.
Derryck Green is a member and speaker for the National Advisory Council of the Project 21 National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives and is a regular contributor to its sponsor, the National Center for Public Policy Research. His research includes economic policy, culture, race, abortion, religion, and immigration. He is a writer and blogger, whose work has appeared in and been cited by newspapers and online media across the country. Green is also a doctoral candidate in theology and ministry at Azusa Pacific University in California.
Dr. Tim Groseclose is a professor of economics at George Mason University and the holder of the Adam Smith Chair at the Mercatus Center. He has held previous faculty appointments at UCLA, Stanford University, and Harvard University.
He is the author of two books, Cheating: An Insider's Report on the Use of Race in Admissions at UCLA and Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind. He is also the author of more than two dozen scholarly articles, published at such journals as the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Political Science Review, and the American Journal of Political Science.
Kasim Hafeez is a British Muslim, best known for founding The Israel Campaign, a pro-Israel advocacy organization. Hafeez was born in England to parents of Pakistani origin, and was indoctrinated as a teenager in school and at home to become anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. During his time at university, he made plans to join a terrorist training camp, but radically changed his views after reading The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz, and visiting Israel.
Kip Hagopian writes extensively on economics, tax policy, accounting, and health care reform issues. His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Policy Review, the California Management Review, National Affairs, Forbes.com, and Investor's Business Daily. He is a co-founder of Brentwood Associates, one of the nation's most successful venture capital and private equity firms. He is currently Managing Partner of Apple/Oaks Partners LLC, a private investment company, and is Chairman of the Board of Maxim Integrated Products, a leading analog and mixed-signal semiconductor company headquartered in Silicon Valley.
Kip Hagopian's complete Policy Review article on the progressive income tax can be read here:
The Inequity of the Progressive Income Tax
Victor Davis Hanson
Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture. He is currently finishing The Second World Wars, a history of World War II for Basic Books. Hanson recently published an historical novel The End of Sparta (Bloomsbury 2012). Hanson has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, New York Post, National Review, Washington Times, Commentary, The Washington Post, Claremont Review of Books, American Heritage, New Criterion, Policy Review, Wilson Quarterly, Weekly Standard, Daily Telegraph, and has been interviewed on National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, Fox News, CNN, and C-Span’s Book TV and In-Depth. He serves on the editorial board of the Military History Quarterly, and City Journal.
Pete Hegseth is the author of In the Arena and is a regular Fox News Channel contributor. Pete is an veteran U.S. Army captain, and served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and as a guard at Guantanamo Bay. Pete is the former CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, where he built the largest conservative veterans advocacy organization in America and led the charge for reform at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Before that, Pete was the Executive Director of Vets for Freedom.
David R. Henderson is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution. He's also an associate professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Henderson's writing focuses on public policy and his specialty is in making economic issues and analyses clear and interesting to general audiences. He's the editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (Warner Books, 2007), a book that communicates to a general audience what and how economists think. The Wall Street Journal commented, "His brainchild is a tribute to the power of the short, declarative sentence." The encyclopedia went through three printings and was translated into Spanish and Portuguese.
Bruce Herschensohn has been a television and radio political commentator for more than two decades. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he began his own motion picture company.
He was the 1992 Republican nominee for the United States Senate in California and was defeated while winning over one million votes more than the national ticket of the Party. He has taught "The World Leadership Role of the United States" at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, and is a non-resident associate fellow of the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Individual Freedom.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a women’s rights activist, champion of free speech, and best-selling author. Ayaan’s journey began in Somalia in 1969 where, as a young girl raised in a devout Muslim culture, she was subjected to female genital mutilation. From very early on, she questioned the subjugation of women she saw all around her. Ayaan’s path led her to places like Saudi Arabia, Ethopia and Kenya, but upon being forced by her father to marry a distant cousin, she fled to Holland and claimed political asylum. Once there, she worked her way up from being a janitor to serving as an elected member of the Dutch parliament. As a member of parliament, she campaigned to raise awareness of violence against women, including honor killings and female genital mutilation, practices that had followed her fellow immigrants into Holland.
In 2004 Ayaan gained international attention following the murder of Theo van Gogh. Van Gogh had directed her short film Submission, a film about the oppression of women under Islam. The assassin left a death threat for her pinned to Van Gogh's chest. This tragic event, and Ayaan’s life leading up to it, are all chronicled in her best-selling book, "Infidel." In 2011, Ayaan wrote, "Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations," and in 2016 she wrote, "Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now."
In 2005, Hirsi Ali was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She has also received several awards, including a free speech award from the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, the Swedish Liberal Party's Democracy Prize, and the Moral Courage Award for commitment to conflict resolution, ethics, and world citizenship. Hirsi Ali has published two autobiographies: in 2006 and 2010.
Raymond Ibrahim is a widely published author, public speaker, and Middle East and Islam specialist. His books include Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians and The Al Qaeda Reader. His writings, translations, and observations have appeared in a variety of publications, including Fox News, Financial Times, Jerusalem Post, USA Today, Washington Post, Washington Times, and Weekly Standard. Mr. Ibrahim guest lectures at universities, including the National Defense Intelligence College, briefs governmental agencies, including the U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam and the worsening plight of Egypt's Christian Copts.
Nicholas Johnson is a Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, and teaches in the areas of Contracts, Environmental Law, and Gun Control/Gun Rights. His 2014 book, Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms, chronicles the proud black tradition of bearing arms for self-defense.
Paul Bede Johnson is an English journalist, historian, speechwriter and author. Johnson first came to prominence in the 1950s as a journalist writing for, and later editing, the New Statesman magazine. A prolific writer, he has written over 40 books and contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers. While associated with the left in his early career, he is now a conservative popular historian.
Beginning with Modern Times (1985), Paul Johnson's books are acknowledged masterpieces of historical analysis. He is a regular columnist for Forbes and The Spectator, and his work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.
Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and senior editor of The Long War Journal, a widely read publication dealing with counterterrorism and national security issues. Much of his research focuses on how al Qaeda and its affiliates operate around the globe. Mr. Joscelyn was the senior counterterrorism adviser to Mayor Rudy Giuliani during his 2008 presidential campaign. He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, including before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, House Homeland Security Committee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, and House Judiciary Committee. Mr. Joscelyn is also a frequent contributor to The Weekly Standard. His work has been published by a variety of other publications and cited by the Associated Press, Reuters, The Washington Post, USA Today, TIME, Foreign Policy, and many others.
Colonel Richard Kemp
Colonel Richard Kemp has spent most of his life fighting terrorism and insurgency, commanding British troops on the front lines of some of the world’s toughest battlefields, including Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans and Northern Ireland. He is now a writer, journalist, media commentator and motivational speaker. He provides strategic consultancy services on leadership, security, intelligence, counter-terrorism and defense.
In 1993 he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for intelligence work in Northern Ireland. He took part in the invasion of Iraq in 1991 in a Challenger tank with the Desert Rats, and was decorated for bravery with the United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia in 1994. In 2001, he formed a tri-service organization to train 45,000 British troops deploying on operations each year around the globe, and later was counter terrorism adviser to the Macedonian premier.
His TV appearances include major contributions to a seminal Channel 4 documentary on kidnapping and to the BBC’s recent ‘Secret Pakistan’ series. He was chief adviser for the acclaimed new Channel 4 drama, ‘Secret State’ and Co-Producer of the 2014 Lionsgate SAS action movie ‘I Am Soldier’.
Charlie Kirk is the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a national student movement dedicated to educating, empowering, and mobilizing young Americans for the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government. Since TPUSA's inception, it has gone from nothing to having representation on over 800 high schools and college campuses nationwide. Charlie has appeared on Fox News, CNBC, and FOX Business News, including frequent appearances on “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “Varney & Co.” and “The Willis Report.” He's also a columnist for The Washington Times and a contributor at Breitbart.com.
Caroline Kitchens is an outreach associate and policy analyst with the R Street Institute, which she joined from the American Enterprise Institute, where she was a senior research associate in social and cultural studies. At AEI, she co-hosted a popular video blog, The Factual Feminist, with Christina Hoff Sommers and was the editor of AEI’s Free-Market Feminist, a newsletter focused on issues facing women in the modern world. Her opinion pieces have appeared in outlets that include Time, U.S. News and World Report and National Review Online.
Elisha Krauss is a talk radio host in Southern California on KRLA and KTIE. Prior to being an on-air political commentator, Krauss ran a congressional campaign in her home district in Eastern Oklahoma, and worked as a consultant. A home school student and college drop-out, a decision she made when offered a role to produce the Sean Hannity Radio Show, Krauss is a frequent guest on cable news networks and enjoys speaking to young conservatives across the country and on college campuses. She and her family reside in Los Angeles, where they enjoy any time spent outdoors and working on their 1928 fixer upper.
Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and King's College in New York City. He is a regular contributor to several Christian publications, is in wide demand as a speaker at conferences, and is the author of over 67 books including Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Christianity for Modern Pagans, and Fundamentals of the Faith.
Charles Leerhsen is author of the New York Times bestseller "Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty". He has written for Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and Money. He has been an editor at SI, People and Us Weekly, and spent 11 years at Newsweek, where as a senior writer he covered sports, entertainment, family stories and breaking news.
Olivia Legaspi is a student at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
Richard S. Lindzen is an emeritus professor of meteorology at MIT, where he was the Alfred P. Sloan Professor, beginning in 1983. Prior to that he was the Robert P. Burden Professor of Dynamic Meteorology at Harvard University. He is also currently a distinguished senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for the Study of Science.
Lindzen is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and fellow of both the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the Jule Charney award for “highly significant research” in the atmospheric sciences from the American Meteorological Society and the Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award from the Engineer’s Council in 2009.
His research involves studies of the role of the tropics in mid-latitude weather and global heat transport, the moisture budget and its role in global change, the origins of ice ages, seasonal effects in atmospheric transport, stratospheric waves, and the observational determination of climate sensitivity. He pioneered the study of how ozone photochemistry, radiative transfer and dynamics interact with each other, and has developed models for the earth's climate with specific concern for the stability of the ice caps, the sensitivity to increases in CO2, the origin of the 100,000 year cycle in glaciation, and the maintenance of regional variations in climate.
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg is director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, which brings together many of the world's top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates, to set priorities for the world. He's also a visiting professor at the Copenhagen Business School. He researches the smartest ways to do good, for which he was named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. His numerous books include "The Skeptical Environmentalist", "Cool It", "How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place" and "The Nobel Laureates' Guide to the Smartest Targets for the World 2016-2030".
Greg Lukianoff is the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and has been with FIRE since 2001, when he was hired to be the organization's first director of legal and public advocacy. Greg is a member of the State Bar of California and the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Greg is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and has published articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, the New York Post, The Stanford Technology Law Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education,Reason, Congressional Quarterly, The Charleston Law Review, and numerous other publications.
Heather Mac Donald
Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She also is a recipient of 2005 Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement. Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The New York Times, and The New Republic. Mac Donald's book The Burden of Bad Ideas, a collection of essays from the pages of City Journal, details the effects of the 1960's counterculture's destructive march through America's institutions. Her most recent book, The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today's, coauthored with Victor Davis Hanson and Steven Malanga, chronicles the effects of broken immigration laws and proposes a practical solution to securing the country's porous borders.
Dr. Stephen Marmer, M.D., is a psychiatrist and a member of the clinical faculty at UCLA Medical School, where he has won numerous teaching awards. He is also in private practice in Brentwood, CA, and a frequent guest on "The Happiness Hour" of The Dennis Prager Show.
Richard McMillan is a professor and Chair of the History/Humanities Department at Pierce College. He has published articles on the coastal slave trade in The Georgia Historical Quarterly, and Gulf Coast Historical Review and "The Election of 1824" in The New England Journal of History. He received his Master's Degree from California State University, Northridge where he worked extensively on the creation of the Natchez Courthouse Records Project in Natchez, Mississippi.
Kenneth Rasalabe Joseph Meshoe is the President of the African Christian Democratic Party in South Africa. On 18 December 1994, Kenneth Meshoe was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Humane Letters, abbreviated L.H.D.), by Bethel Christian College of Riverside, California, USA, and was also appointed to serve as an Associate Member on the Board of Regents of Bethel College.
Eric Metaxas is a best-selling author and popular lecturer. Widely praised for his biographies of William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, his newest book , also a New York Times best-seller, is Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life. The keynote speaker for the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast, Metaxas is the founder and host of the NYC-based event series, "Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life." Included in the many honors he has received are doctorates from Hillsdale College and Liberty University. He is the 2011 recipient of Canterbury Medal awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom.
Judith Miller is an author and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with The New York Times.
She is now an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor for its magazine, "City Journal." Since 2008, she has been a commentator for Fox News, speaking on terrorism, the Middle East, American foreign policy, and civil liberties issues related to national security.
Father Wilson Miscamble
Rev. Wilson D. Miscamble joined the permanent faculty at Notre Dame in 1988 and was ordained as a priest in the same year. He teaches in the History Department at all levels, from first year courses to doctoral seminars. His major work From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima and the Cold War received the Harry S. Truman Book Award in 2008. His newest book The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs and the Defeat of Japan was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.
Terry Moe is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. In addition, he has served as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. Dr. Moe is a nationally recognized expert on American public education, and he serves on Hoover's Koret Task Force on K-12 Education. In his new book, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America's Public Schools, Dr. Moe provides the first comprehensive study of America's teachers unions, exploring their historical rise to power, the organizational foundations of their tremendous influence, the ways they use their power in collective bargaining and politics, and the tragic consequences for the nation's public schools.
Patrick Moore earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of British Columbia, and is currently Chairman of Ecology, Energy and Prosperity with Canada's Frontier Centre for Public Policy. As a co-founder and former long-time leader of Greenpeace, the world's largest environmental activist organization, Dr. Moore has been a leading scholar in the international environmental field for over 40 years. His numerous publications include "Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist", and "Trees are the Answer", a book that explains how forests can be a major component in solving current environmental problems. Dr. Moore currently chairs the Allow Golden Rice Society, a non-profit group he co-founded that advocates for golden rice to be commercially grown in order to improve the health of children around the world. Also, he continues to work with Ecosense Environmental, Inc. as an independent scientist. In 2014, at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change, Patrick Moore was presented with the Speaks Truth to Power Award.
Job Creators Network
Job Creators Network is a nonpartisan organization founded by entrepreneurs like Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus who believe the best defense against bad government policy is a well-informed public. JCN advances this mission through the Employer to Employee education program (E2E).
JCN’s nonpartisan E2E program is strictly focused on empowering individuals through basic public policy education. JCN strongly supports the right of every employee to empower themselves with as much public policy information as possible, and more importantly the right of every individual to think for themselves and make their own private decision regarding what to do with that information.
Lee E. Ohanian is a Professor of Economics at UCLA. His areas of expertise include macroeconomics, monetary policy, and the causes of economic depressions. His research findings have been published in a number of academic journals, as well as in mainstream outlets such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is a frequent columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Newsweek. He has served as an advisor to the United States Senate and the California state legislature on current economic crises at the state and national levels, and he has advised federal reserve banks, foreign central banks, and the National Science Foundation.
Jake Olson is a student at USC, a long snapper for the USC Trojans, an author and a motivational speaker. He was born with retinoblastoma, a cancer of the retina. He lost his left eye when he was 10 months old and, despite numerous procedures on his other eye, he had his right eye removed when he was 12 in 2009. Olson was blessed to be able to attend a private high school in Southern California that had resources to help special needs students. He advocates for school choice on behalf of other special needs students whose families don't have the financial resources to afford private schools.
In Memoriam - Our dear friend and colleague died in December 2012. We deeply miss Frank, who was a founding faculty member.
From 2006 until his untimely death in 2012, Frank hosted the most popular Christian-themed radio talk show in the nation. He held masters degrees in religion and ethics from Biola University and in political philosophy from Claremont Graduate School. A former major league baseball pitcher, his poignant autobiography is Shattered: Struck Down, But Not Destroyed.
Dennis Prager is a best-selling author, columnist and nationally syndicated radio talk show host based in Los Angeles and heard on 150 stations across the country.
A Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, where he did graduate work at the Middle East and Russian Institutes, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords, and by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. He holds an honorary doctorate of law from Pepperdine University.
A highly sought-after speaker and frequent cable news show guest, Dennis has lectured all over the world. His New York Times best-selling books include Think a Second Time, Happiness is a Serious Problem and Still the Best Hope: Why American Values Must Triumph. His newest book is The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been at the center of European and global politics for three decades as Secretary General of NATO, Prime Minister of Denmark, Danish Minister of Economic Affairs, and a leading Danish parliamentarian.
Naomi Schaefer Riley
Naomi Schaefer Riley is a weekly columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is the author of six books, including, The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians.
Andrew Roberts is a distinguished historian and author. He has appeared on radio and television around the world, and has lectured at Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and the White House. His book, Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945 was shortlisted for two of Britain's top military history prizes. His 1999 biography of Robert Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, won the Wolfson History Prize and the James Stern Silver Pen Award for Non-Fiction. Dr. Roberts writes regularly for The Sunday Telegraph, and his essays have appeared in The Spectator, Literary Review, Mail on Sunday and the Wall Street Journal. He is also an advisor and board member for several think-tanks and political interest groups. His website is andrew-roberts.net.
John Rosemond is a family psychologist, nationally syndicated columnist, public speaker and author. One of the nation's leading parenting experts, John’s mission is to be a counter-weight to the psychological parenting paradigm that was sold to America in the late 1960s and early 1970s, restore commonsense to the raising of children, and give parents the guidance needed to raise happy, well-mannered children who will, as adults, contribute value to culture and society.
Tara Ross is the author of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College (2004) and a co-author of Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State (2008) (with Joseph C. Smith, Jr.). A lawyer and a writer, her work has been published in several law reviews and newspapers, including the National Law Journal, USA Today, the American Enterprise Online, National Review Online, WeeklyStandard.com, FoxNews.com, HumanEvents.com, The Washington Times, and the Texas Review of Law & Politics.
Mike Rowe is a TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor and spokesman, widely known for his Discovery Channel show, "Dirty Jobs," and his CNN hit, "Somebody's Gotta Do It." Known as “the dirtiest man on TV,” Mike has traveled to all 50 states and completed 300 different jobs, transforming cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, ice roads, coal mines, oil derricks, crab boats, hillbillies, and lumberjack camps.
He has narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, war, serial killers, hurricanes, dinosaurs and how stuff works, and recently launched a new podcast, "The Way I Heard It," which consists of inspirational short stories of celebrated heroes and public figures. As a public speaker, Mike is routinely hired by the Fortune 500 to frighten employees with stories of maggot farmers and sheep castrators. And when Madison Avenue came calling, Mike said sure. He has forged dozens of partnerships with many iconic brands, and filmed approximately 1 million Ford commercials.
Eventually, Mike was overcome with a strange desire to give something back. On Labor Day 2008, he launched mikeroweWORKS, a PR campaign designed to reinvigorate the skilled trades. He’s since written extensively about the country’s relationship with work, the widening skills gap, offshore manufacturing, infrastructure decline, currency devaluation and several other topics for which he has no actual credentials. In late 2013, Mike and Caterpillar worked together to launch PROFOUNDLY DISCONNECTED, a new initiative focused on technical recruitment.
Mike lives in San Francisco, where he sometimes spends up to five days a month. In his spare time he likes to read pulp fiction and write about himself in the third person. He is still considered by many to be a nice guy.
Dave Rubin is a talk show host, comedian, and TV personality. He is the host of The Rubin Report, a talk show about big ideas and free speech. The show has been heralded for it's politically incorrect and honest approach to discussing complex issues and current events focussing on politics, religion, and the media. Dave was formerly an on-air host at The Young Turks Network, and prior to that was co-host of The Six Pack on SiriusXM satellite radio, also one of the top comedy podcasts on iTunes.
Larry Schweikart is a history professor at the University of Dayton and is the widely acclaimed co-author of the best-selling book, A Patriot's History of the United States, and author of 48 Liberal Lies About American History. He has appeared on the "700 Club", "Fox and Friends", Fox News, Book TV, and dozens of national and local radio shows, including Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Hugh Hewitt, and many others.
Tom Shillue is the host of Redeye on Fox News Channel. He has sung bass in a barbershop quartet with Jimmy Fallon, toured the U.S. and Europe as opener for Jim Gaffigan, and is a former correspondent on The Daily Show.
Amity Shlaes has been a syndicated columnist for more than a decade. Her pieces have appeared in National Review, Forbes, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, and the American Spectator. She served as a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal. For the past five years, Shlaes has taught a course on the economics of the 1930's for the MBA program at New York University. In 2009 Shlaes was awarded the Manhattan Institute's Hayek Prize, and currently chairs the jury for that prize. Among other books, she is the author of The Forgotten Man, a national bestseller that National Review called "the finest history of the Great Depression ever written." Her website is amityshlaes.com.
Seth M. Siegel is a businessman and author of the New York Times bestseller "Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World". His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and other publications around the world on business, political and cultural issues. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Yakov Smirnoff is a Russian-born entertainer who has had an expansive career on television, the silver screen and on Broadway, most recently starring in the PBS special, "Happily Ever Laughter." Yakov has also given command performances at the White House for several presidents and honored guests. Yakov’s quest to understand the science of happiness took him to the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a master’s degree in psychology in 2006. Today, in addition to being a comedian, Yakov is also an adjunct professor at Missouri State University where he teaches a course on happiness and laughter.
Christina Hoff Sommers, a former philosophy professor who taught ethics, is probably best known for her critique of late-twentieth-century feminism. She is also known for her extensive writings, among them Who Stole Feminism? (Touchstone Books, 1995), The War Against Boys (Touchstone Books, 2001), One Nation Under Therapy (St. Martin's Press, 2005), and The Science on Women and Science (AEI Press, 2009). Her textbook, Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life, a bestseller in college ethics, is currently in its ninth edition. Her new book Freedom Feminism: Its Surprising History and Why it Matters Today was published in spring 2013 by AEI Press. A new and revised version of The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies Are Harming our Young Men was released in August 2013 (Simon and Schuster).
Taleeb Starkes is the author of "Black Lies Matter" and of the Amazon bestseller, "The Un-Civil War," which confronts the criminal and dysfunctional subculture in many inner-city black communities in the United States. Taleeb is also the co-writer and executive producer of an award-winning documentary titled, “Mothers of No Tomorrow,” which provides unparalleled access to the isolated world of mothers who have lost their sons to the pervasive violence that's seemingly omnipresent in America’s inner cities.
Information Station's videos provide employees across America with the tools, materials and guidance they need to learn more about the impact of government policies on their jobs, pay, benefits, and families.
Bret Stephens, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is the foreign affairs columnist and deputy editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal. He was previously the editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post and has written for Foreign Affairs and Commentary, among other publications. Stephens authored the book America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder, released in November 2014. The book presents the case that America has been retreating from its role as the "world's policeman" in recent decades, and that this trend will lead to ever greater world problems. He lives in New York City.
Kimberley Strassel is a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, and has worked for the Wall Street Journal since 1994. She writes the long-running "Potomac Watch" column, and helped blow the lid off the IRS targeting scandal against conservatives in 2012 and 2013. She's the author of "The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech," which looks at how the Left and the Democratic Party is orchestrating a coordinated campaign to bully Americans.
John Tamny is a senior fellow in economics at Reason Foundation, the political economy editor at Forbes, a senior economic advisor to Toreador Research & Trading, and editor of RealClearMarkets.com, a spin-off of the policy website RealClearPolitics. Tamny is the author of Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You About Economics, and Who Needs the Fed? What Taylor Swift, Uber and Robots Tells Us About Money, Credit, and Why We Should Abolish America’s Central Bank.
Michael Tanner is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, where he heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on health care reform, social welfare policy, and Social Security.
Most recently, Tanner co-edited Replacing Obamacare: The Cato Institute on Health Care Reform, a compilation of the Cato Institute's work over the past several years on health care reform and Obamacare, with contributions by over a dozen national experts, including Tanner himself. He is also the author of numerous books on public policy. Tanner's writings have appeared in nearly every major American newspaper, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He writes a weekly column for National Review Online, and is a contributing columnist with the New York Post.
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, spiritual leader and scholar, is the acclaimed author of numerous nonfiction books, including Rebbe, The Book of Jewish Values, The Golden Land: The Story of Jewish Immigration to America, and Jewish Literacy, the most widely read book on Judaism of the past two decades. He is a senior associate of CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, serves on the board of the Jewish Book Council, and is the rabbi of the Los Angeles-based Synagogue for the Performing Arts. He lives with his family in New York City and lectures regularly throughout the United States.
Haroon K. Ullah is a scholar, diplomat, and field researcher specializing in South Asia and the Middle East. Haroon currently serves on Secretary of State John Kerry's Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. State Department, where he focuses on public diplomacy and countering violent extremism. He grew up in a farming community in Washington State and was trained at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he served as a senior Belfer fellow and completed his MPA.
Chloe Simone Valdary is an International Studies Major at the University of New Orleans, where she's in her senior year. In 2012, Chloe created the group Allies of Israel on her campus to promote and advocate for the Jewish state. As a result of her work, she was named one of the top 100 people positively affecting Jewish and Israeli life in the Algemeiner's inaugural celebration of this category. Chloe has written articles for Huffington Post, Tablet Magazine, The Jerusalem Post, and Israel National News. Chloe is also a consultant for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, the assistant of directors for the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (ISBI), and a Fellow at the Lawfare project. Her website is chloesimonevaldary.com.
William Voegeli is a senior editor of the Claremont Review of Books, a visiting scholar at Claremont McKenna College’s Henry Salvatori Center, and the author of two books: Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State; and The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion.
Eugene Volokh is a computer programmer turned University of California, Los Angeles law professor and First Amendment expert. Eugene founded and writes for The Volokh Conspiracy, which has been described as "one of the Internet's most-read legal blogs" and is now hosted by The Washington Post. Before coming to UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Dumisani Washington is the National Diversity Outreach Coordinator for the 3 million-member Christians United for Israel (CUFI). CUFI's diversity outreach includes African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American outreach coordinators. Dumisani is also Director of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (IBSI), a social media and library resource of Israel advocacy tools for diverse audiences. His latest book is entitled "Zionism & the Black Church: Why Standing with Israel Will be a Defining Issue for Christians of Color in the 21st Century." Dumisani is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and senior pastor of the Congregation of Zion in Stockton, California. He and his wife, Valerie, have been married 27 years and have six children ages 15 to 26.
Brad Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University. His research focuses on marriage, parenthood, and cohabitation, especially on the ways that marriage, gender, and culture influence the quality and stability of family life in the United States and around the globe. He is the coauthor of Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives; Whither the Child?: Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility; and Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands. Wilcox has published articles on marriage, cohabitation, parenting, and fatherhood in The American Sociological Review, Social Forces, The Journal of Marriage and Family and The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
As a columnist, television personality and author, George F. Will is one of the most widely recognized and widely read writers in the world. With more than 450 newspapers, a biweekly Newsweek column and appearances as a political commentator on ABC, Will is among the most influential writers in America.
Will was born in Champaign, Ill., and was educated at Trinity College in Hartford, and at Oxford and Princeton universities. Prior to entering journalism, Will taught political philosophy at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto, and served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Gordon L. Allott (R-Colo.). Until becoming a columnist for Newsweek, Will was Washington editor of the National Review, a leading conservative journal of ideas and political commentary.
George F. Will joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 2013 and currently serves as a contributor, providing analysis and commentary across FNC's daytime and primetime programming, including on the panels of Special Report with Bret Baier and FOX News Sunday.
Dr. Walter E. Williams holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA and is an Eminent Scholar at George Mason University's Department of Economics. He is the author of over 150 publications that have appeared in scholarly journals and popular publications such as Newsweek, National Review, Reader's Digest, and Policy Review. He has also substituted as host for the "Rush Limbaugh" show. Dr. Williams writes a nationally syndicated weekly column and has authored ten books, most recently Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?
Matthew Woessner, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Penn State University in Harrisburg. His research examines how academia's left-wing tilt shapes higher education. His book (along with April Kelly-Woessner and Stanley Rothman), The Still Divided Academy, explores disagreements between students, faculty and college administrators concerning issues like the proper scope of academic freedom, the use of affirmative action for hiring and admission, and the overall purpose of higher education. Dr. Woessner's research on politics in academia has been profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.