9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
ATHENA Roundtable Conference: Higher Education, Academic Freedom, and Civic Responsibility
U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Hearing Room
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Join civic and education leaders to discuss threats to intellectual diversity and free speech on campus, fueled by widespread civic and historical illiteracy. Speakers include Jonathan Haidt, professor of ethics, NYU-Stern School of Business; KC Johnson, professor of history, Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center; Wilfred McClay, professor of history, University of Oklahoma; Eva Brann, tutor and former dean, St. John's College; Gail Heriot, professor of law, University of San Diego School of Law, and current member of the United States Commission on Human Rights; Solveig Gold, from the students' Open Campus Coalition at Princeton University, and Ruth Wisse, professor of Yiddish and comparative literature, Harvard University. A continential breakfast will be provided.
Merrill Award Gala
6:30 p.m. - Exhibit in the Great Hall and cocktails in the new Reading Room, followed by Merrill Award Gala Dinner in the old Reading Room.
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 E Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
The evening will begin with the opportunity to tour the special exhibit—Will & Jane - Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity—and a cocktail reception. The evening will culminate with a gala dinner and the presentation of the 2016 Phillip Merrill Award to Professor Niall Ferguson and author and human rights advocate Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who together have been eloquent and effective proponents of Western Civilization and academic freedom.
SPONSORSHIPS AND TICKETS
For our gala dinner, ACTA is offering sponsoring tickets as well as table sponsorships at several levels. To learn more about the sponsorship opportunities listed below, please contact Jacquie Merrill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-467-6787.