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Participating Candidate Announcement


We are pleased to announce PPCI participation by presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Representative (D-HI), Major in the Hawaii Army National Guard, and former Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Congresswoman Gabbard placed Bernie Sanders' name in nomination for president at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  She will deliver a speech and answer questions. (Due to an unexpected obligation in DC, Congresswoman Gabbard will be speaking via livestream instead of being present in person; we will still be able to host both the speech and Q&A.)

For more information on this candidate, see:

Campaign Website

Wikipedia


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Participating Candidate Announcement


We are pleased to announce PPCI participation by presidential candidate Joe Walsh, former U.S. Representative (R-IL).  For more information on this candidate, see:

Campaign Website

Wikipedia


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Participating Candidate Announcement


We are pleased to announce that presidential candidate Brian Carroll of the American Solidarity Party will also speak at PPCI.

Party Website

Wikipedia






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October 24-26, 2019
Dordt University, Sioux Center IA




About the Conference

The Presidential Politics Conference of Iowa (PPCI) is a national, cross-disciplinary event.  It will be the second quadrennial meeting of scholars focusing on presidential elections and presidential power.  Its underlying theme is executive leadership for the common good.









A Look Back at the 2015 Presidential Politics Conference

Click HERE to see pictures from our 2015 conference and read some of the feedback we received from our guests!




CONFERENCE SPEAKERS




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John Inazu

John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis.  He teaches criminal law, law and religion, and various First Amendment seminars.  His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and related questions of legal and political theory.  He also clerked for Judge Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and served for four years as an associate general counsel with the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon. He is the author of Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (Yale University Press, 2012) and Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016).  Inazu has also written broadly for mainstream audiences in publications including USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.  




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Michael Wear

Michael Wear serves as Chief Strategist and member of the executive leadership team for The AND Campaign. As one of President Obama's "ambassadors to America's believers" (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term.  He founded Public Square Strategies LLC, a consulting firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.  He is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America (Thomas Nelson, 2017). He also writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics and culture.




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Emma Green

Emma Green is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers politics, policy, and religion. Previously, she served as the managing editor of the magazine's website. In 2018, she was the winner of the Religion News Association's first-place award in religion-news analysis, and she spent that year living in and reporting from Israel and Palestine. She has spoken at universities across the United States, including Princeton, Columbia, the University of Chicago, and Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has also appeared in outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR. She lives in New York City.




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Daniel McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy is Director of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program at the Fund for American Studies. He is also the editor of Modern Age, a journal founded by Russell Kirk. Before that, from 2010 through 2016 he served as editor-in-chief of The American Conservative. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, The Spectator, the National Interest, Reason, and other publications. His experience in broadcast media includes interviews on the BBC, NPR, and the Fox Business Channel. Outside of journalism, he has served as a board member of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters and worked as a senior editor of ISI Books, the publishing arm of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied classics.


Conference Schedule

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

5:15 PM Dinner at Dordt Commons Dining Hall

7:00 PM The Inescapable Vortex of Red and Blue: How Partisan Identity Has Come to Define American Life (BJ Haan)
Emma Green

8:00 PM Nationalism, Conservatism, and Liberalism: Where the Populist Revolt Came From and Where It’s Going
(BJ Haan)
Daniel McCarthy

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

8:45 AM Continental Breakfast (De Yager)

9:30 AM Scott Culpepper (James Madison) and Jeff Taylor (Donald Trump) Presentations

10:30 AM Coffee Break

11:00 AM Breakout Session 1
Nineteenth Century (Science Building 1603)
Presidential Power (Science Building 1641)

12:00 PM Lunch at Dordt Commons Dining Hall

1:00 PM Breakout Session 2
American History (Science Building 1603)
Politics as Spectacle (Science Building 1641)

2:30 PM Breakout Session 3
Agrarianism (Science Building 1603)
Foreign Policy (Science Building 1641)

3:30 PM Afternoon Break

4:00 PM Presidential Candidate Brian Carroll
American Solidarity Party (Science Building 1606)

5:15 PM Dinner at Dordt Commons Dining Hall

6:00 PM Presidential Candidate Joe Walsh
Republican Party (BJ Haan)

7:00 PM Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard
Democratic Party (BJ Haan)

7:45 PM White Evangelicals and the Problem of Insularity (BJ Haan)
John Inazu

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

8:15 AM Continental Breakfast (De Yager)

9:00 AM Politics and the Person (De Yager)
Michael Wear

10:00 AM Breakout Session 4
Branches of Government (Science Building 1641)
Religion (Science Building 1637)

11:30 AM Conference Wrap-Up (De Yager)

Paper Presentations

Breakout Session 1A: Nineteenth Century – Friday, October 25, 11:00-11:55 AM

Abraham Lincoln on Prudential and Moderate Statesmanship
Jon D. Schaff
Professor of Political, Science Northern State University (SD)

President Johnson’s Misplaced Opposition:  The Fourteenth Amendment at the Heart of the New Constitution
Itai Sneh
Associate Professor of History, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Breakout Session 1B: Presidential Power – Friday, October 25, 11:00-11:55 AM

The Historical Disquisition of an American Imposition: The Domestic Deployment of Federal Troops
Jaydn Smith
Undergraduate Student, Hastings College (NE)

Locke’s Prerogative and the National Emergencies Act: In Search of ‘Just Right’
Seana Sugrue
Professor of Politics, Ave Maria University (FL)

Breakout Session 2A: American History – Friday, October 25, 1:00-2:25 PM

Our Political Divisions Today:  An Historical Perspective
Don Hickey
Professor of History, Wayne State College (NE)

Theodore Roosevelt, Conservation, and the Common Good
Duane G. Jundt
Independent scholar/Public historian (IA) Member, Advisory Board, Theodore Roosevelt Association

George Washington’s Timeless Advice To Leaders: Preserving The Legacy Of The American Revolution
Edward Lee
Professor of History, Winthrop University (SC)
(presented by Juliana Martinez, Undergraduate Student, Dordt University)

Breakout Session 2B: Politics as Spectacle – Friday, October 25, 1:00-2:25 PM

Many a Truth: Jester Candidates and the Common Good
Art Marmorstein
Professor of History, Northern State University (SD)

Media Coverage of Corruption and Scandal in the 2016 Presidential Election Compared to 2019 Iowa Coverage: Negative and Positive Fantasy Themes
John P. McHale
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Illinois State University
& Marguerite McHale, Undergraduate Student, Eastern Illinois University

Now more than Ever? Why Presidents need Prior Executive Experience
Tim Sherratt
Professor of Political Science, Gordon College (MA)

Breakout Session 3A: Agrarianism– Friday, October 25, 2:30-3:25 PM

100 Years of Presidential Leadership in Farm Politics
Rebecca C. Harris
Professor of Politics, Washington and Lee University (VA)

Iowa, Agrarianism, and Purple Politics: A Reading and Analysis
Zachary Michael Jack
Professor of English & Faculty of Leadership, Ethics, and Values, North Central College (IL)

Breakout Session 3B: Foreign Policy– Friday, October 25, 2:30-3:25 PM

From Human Rights to Hard Line: The Transition from Carter to Reagan and the Impact on Foreign Relations
Nicole L. Anslover
Associate Professor of History, Indiana University Northwest

Breaking up is Hard to Do: The Disagreement between Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King over American Involvement in Vietnam
Dwayne Beggs
Assistant Professor of History, Lourdes University (OH) 

Breakout Session 4A: Branches of Government– Saturday, October 26, 10:00-11:25 AM

Making Judges Great Again? The Characteristics of Donald Trump’s Judicial Appointments
Daniel Bennett
Associate Professor of Political Science, John Brown University (AR),
Moriah Lawrence, Undergraduate Student, John Brown University (AR),
& Aaron Thorne, Undergraduate Student, John Brown University (AR)

The Weimarization of American Politics
Fred L. Johnson III
Associate Professor of History, Hope College (MI)

The Electoral Significance, and Potential Future Development of the Vice Presidency
Aaron Mason
Professor of Political Science, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
& John Wood
Associate Professor of Public Administration, University of Central Oklahoma

Breakout Session 4B: Religion – Saturday, October 26, 10:00-11:25 AM

The Federal Faith-Based Initiative:  Continuities and Change Over Four Presidential Administrations--Observations and Evaluations of a Participant-Observer
Stanley Carlson-Thies, PhD
Founder and Senior Director Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, a division of the Center for Public Justice

James K. Polk and the Freedom of Religion
Michael David Cohen
Research Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Christians and President Trump:  A Love Match or a Marriage of Convenience?
William H. De Soto
Associate Professor of Political Science, Texas State University


LODGING


SIOUX CENTER

EconoLodge
(712) 722-4000

Holiday Inn Express
(712) 722-3500

Country Home Motel & Campground
(800) 919-2309

ROCK VALLEY

Knights Inn
(712) 476-9388

SHELDON

Holiday Inn Express
(712) 324-3000

Super 8
(712) 324-8400

ORANGE CITY

Hampton Inn
(712) 707-4100

Super 8
(712) 737-2600

LE MARS

Holiday Inn Express
(712) 546-1700

Baymont Inn & Suites
(712) 548-4910

HULL

The North Place
(712) 441-2719


TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION:

Nearby airports:

Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Sioux Gateway Airport

Omaha Airport Authority

LODGING


SIOUX CENTER

EconoLodge
(712) 722-4000

Holiday Inn Express
(712) 722-3500

Country Home Motel & Campground
(800) 919-2309

ROCK VALLEY

Knights Inn
(712) 476-9388

SHELDON

Holiday Inn Express
(712) 324-3000

Super 8
(712) 324-8400

ORANGE CITY

Hampton Inn
(712) 707-4100

Super 8
(712) 737-2600

LE MARS

Holiday Inn Express
(712) 546-1700

Baymont Inn & Suites
(712) 548-4910

HULL

The North Place
(712) 441-2719


TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION:

Nearby airports:

Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Sioux Gateway Airport

Omaha Airport Authority