First National Academic Freedom Conference · 27 March 2006

Students for Academic Freedom, will hold its First National Academic Freedom Conference April 6-7, 2006 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC.

Speakers at the conference include U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston, and Colorado high school student Sean Allen whose recording of an anti-American rant by his geography teacher, Jay Bennish, created a national furor over classroom indoctrination.

The conference will also feature a debate between Students for Academic Freedom Chairman David Horowitz and University of Colorado-Boulder Professor Ward Churchill. The topic for debate will be: "Can Politics Be Taken Out Of The Classroom, and Should It Be?" Seating for the debate is very limited and cannot be guaranteed by Students for Academic Freedom.

A complete conference schedule can be found here

Registration for the conference is FREE for students and interns and also for non-profit and legislative staffers and the media and only $75 for the general public. Limited free housing is available for students attending from out-of-town on the night of Thursday, April 6 in the dorms at the Leadership Institute.

The Washington Court Hotel is located at 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC, near Capitol Hill and the Union Station stop on the Metro Red Line. Suggested dress for the conference is business-casual attire.

To register, please email Elizabeth Ruiz at or call her at 800-752-6562, ext. 202, with your name, email address, phone number and mailing address.

Space is limited, so register today!

Conference Schedule: First National Academic Freedom Conference
Date: April 6 - 7, 2006
Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington DC (near Union Station on Capitol Hill)

Thursday, April 6:

3:00 pm: Registration begins at hotel location

5:30 pm: Reception with Congressman Jack Kingston
Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Atrium Ballroom

8:00 pm: Debate between David Horowitz and Ward Churchill [George Washington University Campus, Jack Morton Auditorium]
Note: Conference registration does not guarantee entry into the debate. Seating is limited and determined by George Washington University. Media must show credentials to gain entry to the debate.

Friday, April 7:
[All panels on Friday: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Grand Ballroom]

8:00 am: Breakfast

8:15 am: Breakfast keynote address: U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

9:30 am: Student Panel: State of the Campus

Chair: Ron Robinson

Student Leaders: Ruth Malhotra, Dan Schuberth, Marlene Kowal, Steve Miller, Mason Harrison, Brett Mock, Nathaniel Walton

11:00am PRESS CONFERENCE: The Need for a K-12 Academic Bill of Rights
David Horowitz, Rep. Sam Rohrer (PA), Sol Stern, Colorado High School Student Sean Allen

12:30 pm: Lunch Starts
LUNCH PANEL 1:00 PM Is Legislation Necessary or Advisable?

Chair: Scott Jaschik

Participants: David Horowitz, Candace de Russy, Terry Hartle, Bill Scheuerman, Tom Lucero

2:30pm Legislative Issues
Chair: Brad Shipp
Participants: Rep. Dennis Baxley (FL), Rep. Gib Armstrong (PA), Former State Sen. John Andrews (CO), Rep. Jeff Perry (MA), Sen. Larry Mumper (OH).

4:00pm: Faculty Issues
Chair: Stephen Balch
Participants: Ian Maitland, Alan Levy, Don Downs, Stephan Thernstrom

6:00pm Ending reception
Atrium Ballroom

Note: This schedule is preliminary and times and speakers are subject to change. It will continue to be updated as the conference date approaches.