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2019 Summer Conference


The Values & Capitalism Summer Conference is a two-day seminar in Washington, DC, for students and faculty partners from Christian colleges and universities across the country. This June, V&C will host its ninth annual Summer Conference, during which participants will engage with policy experts and practitioners in a series of conversations about some of the most pressing issues facing our nation today, with a particular focus on how to approach these issues from a Christian perspective.

Washington, DC

June 20-22, 2019

Housing, Meals, and Travel Expenses

Preference will be given to students who have not previously attended a Values & Capitalism conference or participated in a V&C honors program.

Applications are due by May 1, 2019



There is no conference registration fee. Accepted participants will receive a travel voucher based on distance from Washington, DC, lodging, and meals on Thursday evening, all day Friday, and Saturday morning.


Students must arrive in DC by 4:00pm on Friday, June 20, and must check out of their hotel rooms by 11:00am on Saturday, June 22, but may book travel out of DC at their convenience.

Application Instructions:

  • Applicants must submit a resume, unofficial transcript and a cover letter explaining 1) their interest in politics and public policy and 2) why they want to participate in the Values & Capitalism Summer Conference.
  • Applicants must secure a recommendation or nomination from a faculty member at their college or university in order to apply. Faculty members may submit their recommendations online at this link. Faculty recommendations are due by April 26, 2019.


  • Applicants must be current undergraduates. Preference will be given to students who have not previously attended a Values & Capitalism conference or participated in a V&C honors program.
  • Applicants must have a brief recommendation from a faculty member at their college or university.
  • International students are eligible.

Contact our team at [email protected]



Thursday, June 20
5:00 p.m.     Registration and Reception
6:00 p.m.     Welcome and Introductions
6:15 p.m.     Opening Lecture & Dinner: Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse 
                     Tim Carney, AEI
                     Thabiti Anyabwile, Anacostia River Church

Friday, June 21
8:30 a.m.     Breakfast
8:45 a.m.     Reducing Recidivism: A Look at Faith and Re-entry
                     Brent Orrell, AEI
                     Heather Rice-Minus, Prison Fellowship
                      Jesse Wiese, Prison Fellowship
10:00 a.m.    Break
10:15 a.m.    American Internationalism: How Should the U.S. Engage in the World?     
                      Paul Miller
, Georgetown University
                      Paul Rowe, Trinity Western University
11:30 p.m.    Lunch & Lecture
                      Ross Douthat, The New York Times
2:30 p.m.      The Future of Liberalism
                      Catherine Pakaluk, Catholic University of America
                      Mark Mitchell, Patrick Henry College
3:45 p.m.      Small Group Breakout Discussions
4:15 p.m.      Break/Free Time
5:30 p.m.      Dinner and Lecture: Love Your Enemies 
                      Arthur Brooks

Saturday, June 22
8:30 a.m.      Breakfast
9:00 a.m.      Biblical Reflection
                       Jeff Bailey, Church of the Resurrection                      
10:00 a.m.    Career Panel
                      Katherine Haley, Philanthropy Roundtable
                       Joel Harris, Mars, Inc. 
                      Beth Chapman Kaufmann, Vide Consulting
                      Alison Patch, APCO Worldwide
11:00 a.m.    
Student and Faculty Collaboration Discussions
2:00 p.m.    Adjournment

“My thoughts on Christian engagement in politics were changed; I realized we have something of a moral obligation to engage with the world around us and strive for justice and the good of the people in our country and world.”

“I am taking away an approach to public policy that puts human dignity first.”

“It was deeply engaging, Christ-centered.”