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Is the West Worth Defending?

Event Overview

Join us on May 12 for an evening conversation with bestselling authors Dr. Yoram Hazony (chairman of the Edmund Burke Foundation) and Douglas Murray (associate editor of The Spectator) as they discuss their respective new books Conservatism: A Rediscovery and The War on the West. The discussion will be moderated by CSS President and CEO Marion Smith.

The event will begin at 6 P.M. with reception and book signing to follow.


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Featured Speakers

Dr. Yoram Hazony is an award-winning political theorist, is the chairman of the Edmund Burke Foundation in Washington, and the president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem. His previous book, The Virtue of Nationalism, was named Conservative Book of the Year for 2019 by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and has been translated into half a dozen languages. He appears frequently in the U.S. media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fox News, CNN, NPR, Time, The New Republic, The Ben Shapiro Show, and the Rubin Report. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Rutgers.

Douglas Murray is an associate editor of The Spectator. His latest publication, The Madness of Crowds, was a bestseller and a book of the year for The Times and The Sunday Times. His previous book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, was published by Bloomsbury in May 2017. It spent almost twenty weeks on The Sunday Times bestseller list and was a number one bestseller in nonfiction.



Marion Smith is the President and CEO of Common Sense Society, of which he was founding president in 2009, formed to promote civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and leadership among young professionals in the United States and Europe. He is also the chairman of Washington, D.C.’s National Civic Art Society, a former visiting fellow in the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation, and the former executive director and CEO of the congressionally authorized Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a bipartisan educational, research, and human rights nonprofit. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from South Carolina’s Wofford College and earned an M.A. from Central European University. His writings have been published in The HillLos Angeles TimesNational ReviewPoliticoUSA TodayThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He is a regular guest on network and cable television channels, including ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and CSPAN.


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