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Paul Kengor Headlines Leadership Institute’s Free Think U Conservatism Course

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Newest Conservatism101® Release: Why Did We Fight the Cold War?

Washington D.C. (PRUnderground) October 16th, 2013

Foreign policy was shaped for decades by the Cold War, pitting opposing ideologies in a global chess match.  What can we learn from the past about foreign policy in the present? Grove City College professor and New York Times best-selling author Paul Kengor offers a perspective that is engaging thousands of students in the conversation. This will be part of a first-ever multi-media series about “The American Conservative Tradition.”  Called Conservatism101®, it presents “a rigorous examination of the American conservative intellectual tradition” led by university professor Christopher Malagisil, and is now offered online for no cost by The Leadership Institute and Free Think University®.

Free Think University will host Conservatism 101 courses on their website, with a new segment posted each week.  The fourteen segments are each two-hour, multi-media experiences featuring a 45-minute lecture from one of fourteen different conservative leaders, as well as supplemental reading materials.  Kengor’s presentation is the fourth in the 14-part series. Click here to check out this session.

“I’m grateful to be one of the presenters in this important series,” Kengor said.

The lectures focus on the big questions of the conservatism movement – its origins and history, its driving principles, its successes and failings . . . and its future.  After each session, students may complete an assessment through which they earn Free Think University scholarship points.  These points can be applied in frequently announced competitions for cash scholarships that help students pay for their higher education costs and other life learning experiences.

In the lectures, students hear from some of the conservative movement’s most influential voices, including Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), best-selling author and radio host Mark Levin, Stephen Moore from the Wall Street Journal, Becky Norton Dunlop from Heritage Foundation, Patrick Deneen from the University of Notre Dame, Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council, Morton Blackwell from Leadership Institute, and many more. Click here to see the full lineup of speakers.

Free Think University partnered with Leadership Institute to produce original course content.  The series supplements its current library of nearly 50 courses in the same format, which deal with other questions relating to The Great Conversation.  More than 30,000 students have registered for classes or weekly alerts emailed to the growing community.

“No matter a person’s political leanings, Conservative, Liberal or otherwise, we think this collaborative project with Leadership Institute is an important contribution to a more civil dialogue about politics and the American experience,” said Free Think University co-founder Jim Van Eerden.

“All of our courses are framed by questions we receive from our students, who….want to know the case being made on behalf of an under-represented point of view – since the modern American university can sometimes be hostile to the competition of ideas.” Van Eerden said.

“Leadership Institute believes in equipping the next generation of leaders in America with a clear view of the values and ideals of the American Conservative Tradition,” said founder Morton Blackwell.  “We are happy to be leading the way with Free Think University in bringing this world-class college course experience to thousands of students.

The next course in the Conservatism101 series – entitled “Why Is the Constitution Important?” – will be taught by Best-selling author Mark Levin.  It will release on Wednesday, October 23, at 12pm EST.

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