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Is There a Cure for Campus Illiberalism?

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Event Details

Friday, April 5, 2024 
Noon - 1 PM PST

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Simi Valley, CA 


For more information about this event, please email sppevents@pepperdine.edu, or call 310.506.7490

Recent events on America's college campuses have prompted many Americans to suspect deep ideological problems within even our most respected universities. Once considered the place where students could pursue truth across academic disciplines, many institutions have shown themselves to be the domain of certain accepted      views—particularly on political and religious subjects. Come hear one of America's foremost authorities on campus speech, Dr. Robby George, as he responds to one of the central questions facing higher education: "Is there a cure for campus illiberalism?

Lunch will be served to all registered guests.

Speaker: Dr. Robby George

Robby GeorgeThe most distinguished of the School of Public Policy's visiting professorships is the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, launched in the program's first years and approved by Nancy Reagan. As the school's first-ever visiting professorship and the only professorship in the president's name at any policy program in the United States, the position was initially endowed and facilitated by University supporter Flora L. Thornton.

George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University and is a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He has served as chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and as a presidential appointee to the US Commission on Civil Rights. George has also served on the President's Council on Bioethics and as the US member of UNESCO's World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology. He was a judicial fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College, George holds degrees from Harvard University and Oxford University, in addition to 22 honorary degrees. He is a recipient of the US Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. The University of Dallas and the American Enterprise Institute host the Robert P. George Initiative in Faith, Ethics, and Public Policy in Washington, DC. His most recent book is Conscience and Its Enemies.


  • 11:30 AM: Check-in: Presidential Learning Center, South Lobby
  • 12 PM: Opening Remarks and Lunch: Pete Peterson, Dean, Pepperdine School of Public Policy
  • 12:05 PM: Featured Keynote: Robert George,  Ronald Reagan Honorary Distinguished Professor, Pepperdine School of Public Policy
  • 1:00 PM: Closing: Pete Peterson


Ronald Reagan LibraryThis event will take place at the beautiful Ronald Reagan Presidential Library located in Simi Valley, California.