LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pepperdine University School of Public Policy (SPP) is proud to announce “The American Project: On the Future of Conservatism,” a two-year program designed to propel innovative ideas for reimagining the future of America’s conservative movement.
In spring 2017, SPP will gather America’s leading conservative activists and thought-leaders at Pepperdine’s Malibu campus to assess where the conservative movement stands today and imagine its healthy future. Following this gathering, participants will produce essays and media pieces offering innovative insights on conservatism in an age of rising populism and socialism.
The American Project will be hosted under the leadership of SPP Dean Pete Peterson. “As a program founded by the likes of James Q. Wilson, Jack Kemp, and many other leading center-right leaders and scholars, Pepperdine School of Public Policy is honored to be chosen to be the home for this critical initiative,” Dean Peterson announced. “This is a critical time in our nation’s history to be considering the impact America’s conservative movement can and should have on our politics and policy.”
Peterson is a leading national speaker and writer on issues related to civic participation. As a former statewide political candidate, he has a sense of both the power of ideas and the realities of politics. Peterson plans to engage leading faculty from the School of Public Policy in this project.
Pepperdine School of Public Policy has engaged Rich Tafel as the program’s director. A trained facilitator, Tafel has a history of bringing together people with divergent viewpoints to work toward common goals. He currently serves as pastor at Church of the Holy City in Washington, D.C., and as managing director at Raffa Social Capital Advisors. Tafel observed, "Conservative principles of limited government, free markets, radical inclusion and religious liberty have never been more important."
The School of Public Policy has begun inviting leading conservative thinkers and leaders; the schedule will be finalized in March 2017. Noted political analyst and author, Yuval Levin, offered, “This is a moment of both risk and opportunity for American conservatives, and navigating through it in a way that best serves the country’s interests will require serious thinking. Such thinking is hard to do in a time of change, and that is why efforts like the Pepperdine School of Public Policy’s initiative can be so important.”
Initial funding for the project comes through a two-year grant from the Democracy Fund.
Proceeding events on the Malibu campus in spring 2017, SPP will launch a gathering to release a strategic white paper and signatory document “A Way Forward” at Pepperdine’s Washington, D.C. campus. This will be followed by a large event on Pepperdine’s Malibu campus in spring 2018. The American Project’s work and progress will be highlighted on the new AmericanProject.org website.
About Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy is built on a distinctive philosophy of nurturing leaders to use the tools of analysis and policy design to effect successful implementation and real change. This requires critical insights that only a broad exposure to great ideas, courageous thinkers, and extraordinary leaders can encourage. It is based on the conviction that an elevated and elevating culture, as well as personal moral certainties, are the valid concern of higher education and as important as the tools of analysis. This unique perspective is reflected in the curriculum and unashamedly differentiates it from most other public policy programs.