National Review Institute’s 2019 Ideas Summit

The Case for the American Experiment

March 28th and 29th | The Mandarin Oriental | Washington, D.C.

Media Coverage

 Day One – March 28 Video:

The 2019 Whittaker Chambers Award Dinner Honoring Mark Janus

 Day Two – March 29 C-SPAN Coverage: 

Video Coverage Part 1

Video Coverage Part 2


  • Brooke Rollins gives remarks on American Innovation                                   
  • Ramesh Ponnuru in conversation with Kevin Hassett                                         
  • Kevin D. Williamson interviews  Mike Sommers and Robert Bryce on the natural gas revolution
  • Jay Nordlinger in conversation with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos                     
  • Harmeet Dhillon, John Yoo, and Tammy Bruce discuss Opportunities for All             
  • Charles C.W. Cooke in conversation with Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission
  • Michael Brendan Dougherty discusses Populism and the Right with Tucker Carlson
  • Jim Geraghty moderates a discussion between Jonah Goldberg and Rich Lowry on How Conservatives Should Think About Nationalism
  • Hon. James Buckley discusses The Case for Federalism

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Rich Lowry talk about “The Role of the U.S. in the World”

Mark Janus: The Man Who Ended Compulsory Union Dues
By Jack Fowler 

The Remnant Podcast with Jonah Goldberg: Listen to Rich Lowry and Jonah Goldberg discuss Nationalism. Moderated by Jim Geraghty.

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2019 Agenda

11:30 am Registration Opens
1:00 pm Welcome
  Lindsay Craig, National Review Institute
Opening Address
Richard Lowry, National Review
  The Buckley Legacy and the Element of Civility
Matthew Continetti, National Review/National Review Institute
Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation
Neal Freeman, The Blackwell Corporation
John O’Sullivan, National Review/National Review Institute
  Conversation with David Keating, Institute for Free Speech and David FrenchNational Review/National Review Institute
  New Socialism
Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review
Congressman Dan Crenshaw
Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
  Conversation with Senator Marco Rubio and Reihan Salam, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
  The Constitutional Order Under Attack 
Leonard Leo, Federalist Society
Luke Thompson, National Review
John Yoo, University of California at Berkeley
  Conversation with Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State and Rich Lowry, National Review/National Review Institute
6:30 pm Cocktail Reception
7:30 pm The Whittaker Chambers Award Dinner honoring Mark Janus
  Father Paul Scalia
Lindsay Craig, National Review Institute
Richard Lowry, National Review, Remembering Charles Krauthammer
John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute
9:00 pm Night Owl: No Safe Spaces Movie Discussion
  Adam Carolla, The Adam Carolla Show and David French, National Review/National Review Institute
6:45 am Sunrise Jog to the Jefferson Memorial
7:30 am Breakfast/Registration
8:15 am Morning Welcome
Lindsay Craig, National Review Institute
8:20 am American Innovation 
Brooke Rollins, White House Office of American Innovation
  Conversation with Kevin Hassett, Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and
Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review/National Review Institute
  The Natural Gas Revolution
Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Mike Sommers, American Petroleum Institute
Robert Bryce, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
  Conversation with Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education and Jay Nordlinger, National Review/National Review Institute
  Opportunities for All
Harmeet Dhillon, Dhillon Law Group
John Yoo, University of California at Berkeley
Tammy Bruce, Independent Woman’s Voice
  Conversation with Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review
12:15 pm Luncheon Feature 
Populism and the Right: A Conversation with Tucker Carlson
Tucker Carlson, Tucker Carlson Tonight and Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review
  How Conservatives Should Think About Nationalism
Jim Geraghty, National Review
Jonah Goldberg, National Review/National Review Institute
Richard Lowry, National Review 
  The Case for Federalism 
The Honorable James L. Buckley
Concludes at 2:45 pm

Thank you to our sponsors!


Karen Buchwald Wright

Public Interest Fellowship

Laurel and Cliff Asness

Bradley Impact Fund, DonorsTrust
Goldwater Institute, Allen Sidor

Wendy and Dale Brott, Madelene and L. Stanton Towne

Whittaker Chambers Dinner Sponsors

Robert F. Agostinelli Foundation
Charles Koch Institute
People United for Privacy
White Castle
Juli and Michael Woronoff

Erika and John Ammirati
DCI Group
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation
Debbie and Brian Murdock
Mary Beth and Richard Weiss 

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To view highlights from the 2017 Summit, please click here.


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