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The National Conservative Student Conference July 31 to August 5, 2017

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Jul 31 - Aug 5
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Event Overview

Now in its 39th year, the National Conservative Student Conference will educate and inspire college students with the principles of individual freedom, a free-market economy, a strong national defense, and traditional values.

You are invited to watch Young America's Foundation's 39th annual National Conservative Student Conference, live from The George Washington University, beginning Monday, July 31, to Friday, August 4, 2017.

Young America's Foundation is thrilled to host a sold out conference for hundreds of college students from 34 states and more than 120 schools. Attendees will hear from and be inspired by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary Ben Carson, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Dr. Art Laffer, Senator Mike Lee, Katie Pavlich, Dinesh D’Souza, and dozen of other key conservative leaders!

C-SPAN will broadcast Senator Rand Paul, tonight, Monday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. ET. Senator Paul will speak on young American's role in the future of the Conservative Movement.  Be sure to tune in to C-SPAN tonight and watch our live stream on YAF's channel all week long.

We hope you can join us online.


Monday, July 31

7:30 p.m. The Honorable Rand Paul
U.S. Senator, Kentucky

Tuesday, August 1

9:00 a.m. Dennis Prager
Author; Syndicated Columnist; Radio Talk-Show Host
10:00 a.m. The Honorable George Allen
67th Governor of Virginia; Reagan Ranch Presidential Scholar
11:00 a.m. The Honorable Newt Gingrich
50th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
1:00 p.m. TBD
2:00 p.m. Harmeet Dhillon
First Amendment Attorney
3:00 p.m. Jonah Goldberg
New York Times Bestselling Author
7:30 p.m. The Honorable Mike Lee
U.S. Senator, Utah

Wednesday, August 2

9:00 a.m. Todd Starnes
Columnist; Commentator
10:00 a.m.
Eric Bolling
Fox News Host and New York Times Bestselling Author
 2:00 p.m. Stuart Taylor
Author and Free Lance Writer
3:00 p.m. David French
New York Times Bestselling Author
7:45 p.m. Dr. Art Laffer
"The Father of Supply-Side Economics"

Thursday, August 3

9:00 a.m. Dr. Burt Folsom
Professor of History, Hillsdale College
 10:00 a.m. Elizabeth Campbell
Program Officer, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute
11:00 a.m. Bay Buchanan
37th Treasurer of the United States
1:30 p.m. Dr. Burt Folsom
Professor of History, Hillsdale College
2:30 p.m. Marc Short
White House Director of Legislative Affairs
7:45 p.m. Katie Pavlich
Editor, Townhall Magazine; New York Times Best-Selling Author; Young America's Foundation Alumna

Friday, August 4

8:00 a.m. The Honorable Rick Santorum
U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania (1995 to 2007)
9:00 a.m. Larry O'Connor
WMAL FM/AM Radio Talk Show Host
10:00 a.m. Dr. Carol Swain
Professor; Author
11:00 p.m. Dr. John Lenczowski
President, Instituite of World Politics
1:00 p.m. Dinesh D'Souza
Filmmaker; New York Times Bestselling Author
2:30 p.m. Rachel Campos-Duffy
Fox News Contributor; Author
3:30 p.m. Nigel Farage
Member, European Parliament
7:45 p.m. The Honorable Mike Pence
Vice President of the United States
8:15 p.m. Ben Carson
17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Neurosurgeon; Author



After attending the National Conservative Student Conference, I feel more prepared to become an active conservative on my campus against the liberal majority.  The conference has increased my personal confidence and supplied me with the information I need to combat the ridiculous views of the Left.”  -L. Voges, College of William and Mary

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Angela 'Bay' Buchanan

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Harmeet Dhillon

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Dennis Prager

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Carol M. Swain

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Dinesh D'Souza

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Nigel Farage

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