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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The 2012 Bradley Symposium

Knowledge and Governance in American Democracy: The Legacy of James Q. Wilson
A discussion featuring:Karlyn BowmanChristopher DeMuth
William Kristol
Yuval Levin

R. Shep Melnick
Thursday, June 79:30 to 11:30 AM
“In an age where every form of authority was being eroded by the tide of democratic individualism, the man who documented that erosion became an authority himself. He was modern America’s most authoritative intellectual figure. . . . What is singular about [James Q. Wilson] is that he was deeply conversant with essentially the entire range of public affairs, and marshaled his knowledge in every field with evident sound judgment and probity, with lucidity, and with democratic modesty and accessibility.”

So wrote Christopher DeMuth in The Weekly Standard
 shortly after the death of James Q. Wilson, a prominent political scientist whose work in American politics, public policy, organization, and culture and character was widely read and acclaimed by public officials and everyday citizens alike.

The 2012 Bradley Symposium, hosted by Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal and National Affairs, will feature a discussion among prominent political figures and scholars, led by Hudson Institute Distinguished FellowChristopher DeMuth, Boston College Professor R. Shep Melnick, and AEI Senior Fellow Karlyn BowmanThe Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol and National Affairs Editor Yuval Levin will co-moderate the discussion. A continental breakfast will be served.

Program and Panel

9:00 AM
Registration, continental breakfast

9:30 AM
Welcome by Yuval Levin, National Affairs

9:35 AM
Panel discussion

  • Karlyn Bowman, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Christopher DeMuth, Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute
  • R. Shep Melnick, Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics at Boston College
  • William Kristol, Editor and Co-Founder of The Weekly Standard
  • Yuval Levin, Editor and Founder of National Affairs
11:00 AM
Question-and-answer session

11:30 AM

Transcript Information
A complete, edited transcript of the discussion will be posted online at approximately two weeks after the event. If you would like to receive a rush copy of the transcript, please contact Kristen McIntyre at