Reflections on the Revolution in the Heartland: Rethinking Conservatism After 2016

The Classical Liberal Institute and the NYU Federalist Society are pleased to invite you to a conference on “Reflections on the Revolution in the Heartland: Rethinking Conservatism After 2016.” After the election of Donald Trump in 2016, scholars and pundits emerged to question assumptions that had been taken for granted since the Reagan administration: did the traditional three-legged stool of conservative policy (economic liberalism, foreign-policy hawkishness, and social conservatism) naturally go together? Had it been fractured, or was the election driven more by personality than policy? If there is more up for debate than previously thought, where ought conservatism go from here — especially given the increasing emergence of the GOP as the party of the blue-collar worker. We aim to assess and explore this ongoing debate over the course of two panel discussions.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
NYU School of Law
Greenberg Lounge, first floor of Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012


12:00 – 12:15pm: Coffee and Registration

12:15pm – 12:20pm: Opening Remarks

12:20 – 1:50pm: First Panel: Does Reaganism Still Define Conservatism?
Panelists: Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review
John B. Judis, author of The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt against Globalization
Megan McArdle, The Washington Post

1:50 – 2:00pm: Coffee Break

2:00 – 3:30pm: Second Panel: Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Worker
Moderator/Panelist: Richard A. Epstein, NYU School of Law
Panelists: Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute
Michael A. Livermore, University of Virginia School of Law

3:30 – 4:30pm: Reception

Note: CLE Approval is pending. If you have any questions please email CLI program manager Laura Creste at