The 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is here. This year, CPAC will take place March 6-8 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, near Washington DC. Thousands of students will gather to discuss big ideas in American political life, along with notable educators, journalists, and business and political leaders. It is the largest student gathering of its kind in the world.
Students can visit the Free Think University booth #438 to enjoy our traditional sharing of “food for thought” (candy bars), or be one of a small number of students at a training session on Thursday (at 12:00) which will give them the best chance to be selected for one of several scholarships that Free Think University will be awarding to students who register at the event.
Free Think University will also be partnering with Leadership Institute to promote its new online learning project called Conservatism101® The series is offered free online by The Leadership Institute and Free Think University® and presents what one reviewer has called “a rigorous review of the American conservative intellectual tradition.” Free Think University is hosting the Conservatism 101 courses on their website (www.freethinku.com). Designed by university professor Chris Malagisi, the 14 segments are each two-hour, multi-media experiences featuring a 45-minute lecture from one of fourteen conservative leaders, along with supplemental reading materials.
The lectures focus on the big questions of the conservatism movement – its origins and history, its driving principles, its successes and failings . . . and its future. After each session, students may complete an assessment through which they earn Free Think University scholarship points. These points can be applied in frequently announced competitions, for college scholarships that help students who demonstrate engagement and leadership in the competition of the ideas.
In the lectures, students hear from some of the conservative movement’s most influential voices, including Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Stephen Moore from the Wall Street Journal, radio host Mark Levin, Paul Kengor from Grove City College, Patrick Deneen from the University of Notre Dame, Becky Norton-Dunlop from The Heritage Foundation, and many more. Click here to see the full lineup of speakers.