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Sold Out: The National Conservative Student Conference

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Jul 25 - Jul 30
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Event Overview

You are invited to watch Young America's Foundation's live stream of the 38th Annual National Conservative Student Conference at the George Washington University, beginning Tuesday, July 26, to Friday, July 29, 2016.

On Monday, Young America's Foundation will host more than 313 students and participants to Washington, D.C. for its signature program. Students come from 37 different states and represent more than 143 unique schools. We are thrilled to have these great college students joining us for the week. We hope you can join us!

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Click here to watch the live stream.  YAF Facebook fans can also watch the conference on Facebook Live.

Tuesday, July 26
9:00 a.m. Paul Teller
Chief of Staff for Senator Ted Cruz
10:00 a.m. Rachel Campos Duffy
Spokeswoman, LIBRE Initiative
11:15 a.m. The Honorable Andy Harris, MD
U.S. Congressman, Maryland's 1st District
1:00 p.m. Dr. Robert George
Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
2:00 p.m. Kate Obenshain
Young America's Foundation Alumna; Author, Divider in Chief: The Fraud of Hope and Change
3:00 p.m. Seminal Books Every Conservative Should Read
Christopher Malagisi
Adjunct Professor, American University's School of Public Affairs; Editor-in-Chief, the Conservative Book Club
Marji Ross
President of Regnery Publishing
Tevi Troy
President of the American Health Policy Institute
4:00 p.m. The Honorable Allen West
U.S. Congressman, Florida's 22nd District (2011 to 2013); Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
7:45 p.m. The Honorable Rick Santorum
U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania (1995 to 2007)

Wednesday, July 27

9:00 a.m. The Honorable Newt Gingrich
50th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
10:00 a.m.
Dennis Prager
Author; Syndicated Columnist; Radio Talk-Show Host
11:00 a.m. The Honorable George Allen
67th Governor, Virginia; Reagan Ranch Presidential Scholar
1:00 p.m. Katie Pavlich
Editor, Townhall Magazine; New York Times Best-Selling Author; Young America's Foundation Alumna
2:00 p.m. Jared Meyer
Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
3:00 p.m. Conor Burns, MP
Member of Parliament, Bournemouth West, Alderney, and Branksome East
7:45 p.m. The Honorable Jim DeMint
U.S. Senator, South Carolina (2005 to 2013); President, The Heritage Foundation

Thursday, July 28

9:00 a.m. Dinesh D'Souza
Filmmaker; New York Times Best-selling Author
10:00 a.m. The Honorable Alex Mooney
U.S. Congressman, West Virginia's 2nd District
11:00 a.m. Bay Buchanan
37th Treasurer of the United States
2:00 p.m. David French
Staff Writer, National Review; New York Times Best-Selling Author
3:00 p.m. Laurel Conrad
Program Director, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute
4:00 p.m. Ben Shapiro
Syndicated Columnist, National Best-Selling Author; Radio Talk-Show Host
7:45 p.m. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret.)
New York Times Best-Selling Author, Commentator and Television Host


Friday, July 29

9:00 a.m. Dr. Burt Folsom
Professor of History, Hillsdale College; Author of The Myth of the Robber Barons
10:00 a.m. Cathy Ruse
Senior Fellow of Legal Studies, Family Research Council
11:00 a.m. Leah Campos
Senior Advisor, House Committee on Foreign Affairs
1:00 p.m. Robert Spencer
Director of Jihad Watch; New York Times Best-Selling Author
2:00 p.m. Dr. Burt Folsom
Professor of History, Hillsdale College; Author of  The Myth of the Robber Barons
3:00 p.m. Patrick Coyle
Vice President, Young America's Foundation; Executive Director, Young Americans for Freedom
4:00 p.m. Matt Walsh
Writer for The Blaze, Author of the Matt Walsh Blog
7:45 p.m. Rich Lowry
Editor, National Review


The George Washington University
Marvin Center
Washington, DC

Allen West

Commentator, Former U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and Speaker

Allen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. West was commissioned through ROTC at the University of Tennessee as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) on July 31, 1982. He entered…

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Angela 'Bay' Buchanan

Former Treasurer of the United States, Commentator and Realtor

Angela "Bay" Buchanan began her political career as the national Treasurer of Ronald Reagan's presidential campaigns in 1980 and 1984. This position catapulted her into a distinguished career beginning in 1981 when President Reagan appointed her to be Treasurer of the United States. At the age of 32, she was the youngest person to hold…

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Burt Folsom

Professor, Columnist, Historian and Author

Dr. Burt Folsom is a professor of history at Hillsdale College, a fine institution that takes no federal funds and turns out about 300 graduates each year. He is also a columnist and the historian-in-residence at the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York. Dr. Folsom has written several books including The Myth of the…

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Rachel Campos-Duffy

Fox News Contributor

Rachel is a parenting expert, author, blogger, public-policy pundit and television personality. In her early twenties, Rachel was cast on MTV's iconic reality show, The Real World, where she eventually met her husband, and fellow Real World alum, Congressman Sean Duffy. Rachel's television credits are large and diverse.  Currently, she is a recurring guest on…

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Katie Pavlich

Journalist, Author, Commentator and Speaker

Katie Pavlich is the news editor for and a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine. She is the author of the New York Times Best Seller Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up. Her latest book, Assault and Flattery: The Truth about the Left and Their War on Women was released during the summer of 2014.…

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Robert George

Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

Professor George holds Princeton's celebrated McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is the founding director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He is chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States…

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Ben Shapiro

Commentator, Talk Show Host, Attorney, Media Consultant and Author

Ben Shapiro is editor-in-chief of and host of The Ben Shapiro Show. Shapiro is the author of six books, including The New York Times bestseller, "Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America" (2012). Shapiro is also a nationally syndicated columnist since age 17, a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, and the host of The Morning Answer…

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Laurel Conrad

Program Director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute

Laurel Conrad is a graduate of Cornell University, where she served as president of two conservative campus clubs. Under her leadership, the Cornell Review received the William F. Buckley Award for Campus Reporting from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). During college, Laurel interned with the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, the Daily Caller, U.S. Representative…

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David French

Attorney, Author, and Columnist

David French is a staff writer at National Review, an attorney (concentrating his practice in constitutional law and the law of armed conflict), and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the author or co-author of several books including, most recently, the No. 1 New York Times bestselling Rise of ISIS: A Threat We…

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Kate Obenshain

Author, Blogger, Speaker, Commentator and Former Vice President of Young America's Foundation

An author, blogger, regular guest on Fox News, CNBC and radio shows, as well as a popular national speaker, Kate Obenshain is fearless defender of liberty. She inspires audiences with her passionate, experienced insights, never hesitating to speak her mind, even when it contradicts the establishment-as it often does. Kate is the author of Divider in Chief: The…

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Newt Gingrich

50th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Historian, Author, Consultant and Speaker

Newt Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the "Contract with America" that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in forty years. After he was elected Speaker, he disrupted the status quo by moving power out of Washington and…

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Conor Burns

MP Member of Parliament

Conor was born in Northern Ireland in 1972 although at a young age his parents moved the family from Belfast to Hertfordshire where Conor grew up. Conor attended St Columba’s College in St Albans a school run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. To this day he remains close to his former Headmaster Brother…

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Dinesh D'Souza

Author, Analyst, Commentator, and Scholar

Dinesh D'Souza has had a 25-year career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D'Souza also served as John M. Olin Fellow at theAmerican Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He served as the president of The…

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Paul Teller

  Born in New York City and raised on Long Island, Paul Teller graduated cum laude in 1993 from Duke University in Durham, NC, where he got his B.A. in political science.  Before graduating, he was a research assistant to Suzanne Garment, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC.  Also, Paul volunteered…

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Rick Santorum

Former U.S. Representative and Senator, Attorney, Writer, Author and Speaker

A native of Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum has became known as a voice for conservatives who did not feel their voice was being represented. Former U.S. Senator Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 at the age of 32, and from 1995 to 2007, served in the US Senate. In 2000, he…

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Cathy Ruse

Senior fellow, Family Research Council

Cathy Ruse has devoted her professional career to promoting the dignity of the human person. Her professional experience spans the fields of communication, public policy, and law. Mrs. Ruse was Chief Counsel to the Constitution Subcommittee in the House of Representatives where she had oversight of civil rights and human rights issues, as well as…

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Matthew Walsh

Matt is well known for his controversial and provocative insights into culture, politics, and religion.

Matt Walsh is a popular writer, blogger, and speaker. His columns on are read by millions each month. Matt is well known for his controversial and provocative insights into culture, politics, and religion. He lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and two children. Some of the topics he can address include: Why The Pro-Life…

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Robert Spencer

Author, Blogger, Speaker and Director of Jihad Watch

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of sixteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. Coming in 2017 is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free…

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Oliver North

Commentator, Former U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, Author, Speaker

Oliver North was a US Marine Corps officer. Currently, he is a political commentator, host of War Stories with Oliver North on Fox News Channel, a military historian, and a New York Times best-selling author. North was at the center of national attention during the Iran-Contra affair, a political scandal of the late 1980s. North was…

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Jim DeMint

President, The Heritage Foundation

Becoming president of The Heritage Foundation is “like coming home,” says Jim DeMint, who rose from modest South Carolina roots and a career in marketing to build and lead a resurgent conservative caucus in the U.S. Senate. Heritage’s public policy research, DeMint says, informed him as a citizen and inspired his entry into politics and…

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Jared Meyer

Author and fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Jared Meyer is a senior research fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability. At FGA, he researches the economic effects that various government regulations have on labor markets. Meyer is the coauthor of Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America's Young (Encounter Books, May 2015) and the author of Uber-Positive: Why Americans Love the Sharing Economy…

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Rich Lowry

Editor, Columnist, Author, and Commentator

As one of the most respected conservative voices, Rich Lowry brings his sharp analysis and well-formed opinions to the political discussion through his writing and commentary. Lowry became editor of National Review in 1999 when selected by William F. Buckley, Jr. to lead the magazine. Today, National Review remains a conservative guidepost, helping to bring…

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