May 31, 2023 Midge Decter’s Enduring Impact: A Memorial Conference
Midge Decter was an icon of the modern conservative movement, a journalist, an organizer, and an inspiration. Heritage is delighted to bring together leading conservative thinkers to celebrate her life, explore her legacy, and discuss the continuing relevancy of her thought and work to today’s challenges.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Heritage Foundation
Midge Decter, a long-time member of The Heritage Foundation’s Board of Trustees, passed away on May 9, 2022. Midge was an icon of the modern conservative movement, a journalist, an organizer, and an inspiration. Her writings on pressing social issues defined the cultural challenges posed by the 1960s, and her leadership in defense of freedom rallied the cause of democracy against the Soviet Union. She spoke with courage, clarity, and common sense, and was never afraid to set out obvious truths. Her convictions inspired and epitomized a generation of thinkers and leaders that rejected the failures of liberalism and paved the way for the triumph of Ronald Reagan in 1980.
Heritage is delighted to bring together leading conservative thinkers to celebrate her life, explore her legacy, and discuss the continuing relevancy of her thought and work to today’s challenges.
Introductory Remarks and Keynote Address
- Kevin Roberts, Ph.D., President, The Heritage Foundation
- Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., Founder and Former President, The Heritage Foundation
Panel I: Culture and Family
- Abby Schachter, Military Programs and Research Manager, Institute for Politics and Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University
- Robert Woodson, Founder and President, Woodson Center
- Moderator: Jay Richards, Ph.D., Director, DeVos Center for Life, Religion, and Family, The Heritage Foundation
Panel II: National Security and Defense
- Victoria Coates, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, International Affairs and National Security, The Heritage Foundation
- Tevi Troy, Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
- Moderator: Kiron K. Skinner, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation
Panel III: The Future of Conservatism
- Samuel Goldman, Associate Professor of Political Science, George Washington University
- Daniel Mahoney, Senior Fellow, Claremont Institute and Professor Emeritus, Assumption University
- Moderator: Mike Gonzalez, Senior Fellow, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation
- Naomi Decter, Daughter of Midge Decter
Reception (5:00 - 6:00 p.m.)
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