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First Principles Lecture: The Speech That Saved Western Civilization

The Heritage Foundation History Lesson supported by The David and Patricia Caldwell Foundation

Members not only have a love of history, they strongly believe public policies must uphold and advance the principles of the American Founding. After the fall of France to the Nazis, Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered the destruction of the French fleet so that it could not be seized by the Germans. His speech to Parliament in 1940 marked a turning point in British resolve and sent a message to the United States that Britain would not surrender. Churchill was an example of eloquence and moral courage embodied in a singular political leader at a moment of supreme crisis for the West.


  • Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies and AWC Family Foundation Fellow

2020: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

While there is plenty to lament about the past year – from the economic hardship and the ballooning debt to the devastation of many Americans losing loved ones and suffering alone – the pandemic also spurred innovation within education while providing a private sector rallying cry to develop a vaccine. Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the lessons learned from 2020.


  • Andrew McIndoe, Vice President, Development (Moderator)
  • Lindsey Burke, Director, Center for Education Policy and Will Skillman Fellow
  • Marie Fishpaw, Director, Domestic Policy Studies
  • Norbert Michel, Director, Center for Data Analysis

America's Security Strategy

America is strongest when our policies protect our national interests, preserve our alliances of free peoples, vigorously counter threats to our security, and advance prosperity through economic freedom at home and abroad. While this year put a spotlight on international institutions and certain foreign actors, how do we ensure Americans are both free and protected?


  • Klon Kitchen, Director, Center for Technology Policy (Moderator)
  • Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., Director, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom and Bernard and Barbara Lomas Fellow
  • Steven Groves, Margaret Thatcher Fellow, Center for Freedom
  • Lora Ries, Senior Research Fellow, Homeland Security, Center for Technology Policy

The Assault on American History: Critical Theory and the Attack on Institutions

What’s behind the assault on American history, and how do we fight back against 1619 and delegitimize the political curricula implemented both at the K-12 and collegian level to ensure the next generation has a true understanding of what it means to be an American?


  • Lindsey Burke, Director, Center for Education Policy and Will Skillman Fellow (Moderator)
  • Jonathan Butcher, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Education Policy
  • Mike Gonzalez, Senior Fellow, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy and Angeles T. Arredondo E Pluribus Unum Fellow

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