January 6, 2022 : By Logan Smith - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
Liberty University’s Helms School of Government will host its second annual academic research conference, “A Nation Divided: Assessing Freedom & The Rule of Law in a Post 2020 World” on March 24-26, featuring an impressive lineup of keynote speakers and professional advisor panelists. Students, faculty, alumni, and friends of Liberty are welcome to present research on legal and regulatory issues, upholding liberty and justice, and foreign and international issues.
The Helms School’s Journal of Statesmanship & Public Policy is a joint sponsor for this year’s conference.
One of the many conference panels will include members from the Family Research Council, Department of Defense, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Heritage Leadership Foundation, and many others who have not yet been announced. Some participants and attendees will be joining online.
“Beyond the excitement of guest speakers, at a fundamental level, this conference is an opportunity to minister to our students and to help them grow as emerging scholars and to fulfill God’s plan for their lives,” said Dr. Kahlib Fischer, department chair for the School of Government. “These conferences, where students and faculty write and research on the important topics of our time, show that there’s a lot of eternal value there, and that’s why it’s such an honor to be a part of this conference and to facilitate it.”
Online registration is now open for “A Nation Divided.”
Those interested are encouraged to submit one-paragraph abstracts ranging from educational issues, freedom of speech, religious liberty, military affairs, and a depth of other related topics. Abstracts can be submitted through the Scholars Commons Portal through Jan. 17. Many of the final paper submissions, which will be due Feb. 10, will be published as conference proceedings and may also be published in the Journal of Statesmanship & Public Policy, which has garnered more than 8,500 downloads in every continent of the globe.
Professionals with robust research and policy experience will provide feedback and connect students with internships and research job opportunities.
This year’s session follows the inaugural conference, “Culture in Crisis,” that brought in 400 people and collected immense positive feedback from students, faculty, and third-party panelists. The conference was headlined by Dean of the Helms School Robert Hurt and former governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell.
“It was a great learning experience for everyone involved,” said Associate Professor of Government Dr. Mary Prentice, a conference organizer. “We were just blown away that we got 400 people to attend the conference, and we’re excited to see what God has in store for us this year.”