- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 23, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A gathering of leading conservative pundits will discuss the role played by think tanks and foundations in addressing the divide between “red” and “blue” America tomorrow in Washington.

The theme of the discussion — titled “What’s the Big Idea?” — at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel will be set by University of Virginia political scientist James Ceaser, who argues that the divisions in America “reflect profoundly different understandings of human character and politics, rooted in contrasting ‘foundational ideas’ about nature, history and religion that have long pedigrees in American public life,” said Bill Schambra, director of Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center.

Among those who will participate in the event, beginning at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, are authors Shelby Steele, Charles Murray and Francis Fukuyama, journalists David Brooks and Michael Barone, and talk-radio hosts Tammy Bruce and Hugh Hewitt. Also participating will be Robert George of Princeton University, Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute, and William Kristol of the Weekly Standard.

The symposium is sponsored by the Hudson Institute and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

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