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Awakening is on the of the finest open forum weekends on conservative principles and thought in the United States. Participants discover what the most intuitive and insightful minds in our country believe is on the horizon for the country politically, economically and philosophically through interaction in the group discussions.  The format generates lively debate, and we encourage all participants to speak candidly and sincerely as a catalyst for greater understanding of all viewpoints.

Believing that ideas influence and sharing ideas is all important, Awakening was conceived as an annual weekend retreat to exchange ideas, examine trends and learn from leading experts in a variety of fields. Awakening’s first event was held in January, 1996 at The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia. The event remained there until 2008.  In 2009 Awakening was held at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, South Carolina and remains there for the upcoming event in 2010.

Awakening’s Board of Directors, led by Chairman Ernest Taylor, is a diverse group of like-minded conservatives, who come from a variety professions from throughout the U.S.

 

Awakening is honored to have hosted some of the leading authorities, scholars, analysts and policy makers from the U.S. and abroad on a wide range of topics, including:

 

Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR)

The Honorable Richard Armitage

Former U.S. Attorney General, Edwin Meese, III

Pat Nolan, President, Justice Fellowship

Michael Novak, author and former U.S. Ambassador

Kate O’Beirne, Washington Editor, National Review

John O’Sullivan, Editor in Chief, UPI

Governor Sonny Perdue (R-GA)

The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Mass)

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

James M. Simon, Jr., Asst. Director, CIA

Larry Kudlow, Kudlow and Company

Kenneth Starr, Kirkland & Ellis, former U.S. Solicitor General

Fred Barnes, Executive Editor, The Weekly Standard     

Mark Levin, Constitutional Lawyer and Author of Men in Black

William J. Bennett, author and former Secretary of Education, Reagan Administration

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)

Dr. Whit Ayres

Dr. Bill Chameides

Professor Rufus Fears

Steve Forbes, President and CEO, Forbes, Inc

Robert D. Hormats, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International

U.S Attorney General John Ashcroft

Morton Kondrack, Roll Call Magazine

Senator Sam Brownback, (R-KS)

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

Reid Buckley, The Buckley School of Public Speaking

Dave Dravecky, former San Francisco Giant

Kay Cole James, Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Michael Novak, author and former U.S. Ambassador

Kate O’Beirne, Washington Editor, National Review

John O’Sullivan, Editor in Chief, UPI

Governor Sonny Perdue (R-GA)

Kenneth Starr, Kirkland & Ellis, former U.S. Solicitor General

Alison Acosta Fraser

Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Dr. Howard Fuller

John Hutson

Professor Robert G. Kaufman

Carolyn Luesing

Elisa Massimino

Terrence O. Moore

Michael Posner

Willie Soon

J. Stapleton Roy

Dr. Del Tackett

Jeanne Allen, President, Center for Education Reform

James Mulva, Chairman/CEO, Conoco Phillips

Former Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA)

Former Governor David Beasley (R-SC)

Former Georgia State Attorney General Mike Bowers

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

Reid Buckley, The Buckley School of Public Speaking

Dave Dravecky, former San Francisco Giant

Don Eberly, Former Deputy Director, White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives.

Senator Lindsay Graham, (R-SC)

Hamilton Jordan, former Chief of Staff, Carter Administration

Former Governor Frank Keating (R-OK)

Gen. Charles C. Krulak, Commandant, U.S.M.C. (Ret.)

Billy S. Arant, Jr., M.D., FAAP

Pat Nolan, President, Justice Fellowship

 

 

America and World Issues

 

China: are They Pursuing a Major Military Buildup?(2009)

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, Former Ambassador to China

 

Homeland Security and Its Success Against Terrorism (2009)

Dr. David Forte, Cleveland State University

Stephen E. Flynn, Counsel on Foreign Relations

 

Exit the Rabbit, Awaken the Dragon: America and the End of the Millennium (2000)

Jim Simon Assistant Director, CIA

 

When Freedom Is Just Another Word: Nothing Left to Lose? (2001)

Edwin Meese, III, The Heritage Foundation

Alan Sears, President, Alliance Defense Fund

Tim Lynch, The Cato Institute

 

The World We Face (2002)

Stephen Morse, Deputy Director for Bio-Terrorism Preparedness, CDC

Gen. Charles Krulak, Retired Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps

Georgia Congressman Saxby Chambliss

 

Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Fighting Terrorism in All the Right Places (2003)

Michael A. Ledeen, Author, The War Against the Terror Masters

James A. Phillips, The Heritage Foundation

 

U.S. Security and The Patriot Act (2004)

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft

 

The U.S. & World Economy

Stirring the Vat: Flat Tax, Sales Tax or the Same Old Brew (1998)

House Majority Dick Armey (R-TX)

Congressman Billy Tauzin (R-LA)

 

Currency Wars: Euro vs Dollar (2000)

Robert Hormats, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs

Juergen Fitschen, EVP, Deutsche Bank

 

Internet and New Economy: E-Bay, E-Commerce, E-gads, I Just Lost a Fortune (2001)

Larry Kudlow, Chief U.S. Economist, ING Barings

Dave Baker, VP and General Counsel, EarthLink

 

Family, Health & Social Issues

 

Say Woa to Cancer (2009)

Dr. Ann Kulze

 

Soft Cell: The Ehics of Bio-Physical and Bio-Chemical Research(2009)

Dr. Ben Mitchell, Directorm Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Trinity

Dr. Nancy L. Jones, Adjunct Professor, Wake Forest University and NIH

 

The Content of America’s Character (1999)

The Honorable Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Bill Bennett, Author and Co-Founder of Empower America

 

When Life Throws You a Strike – Facing Catastrophic Illness (2002)

Dave Dravecky, former pitcher, San Francisco Giants

Dr. David Cole, Surgical Oncology, Medical University of S.C.

 

Integrative Medicine: The Marriage of Alternative & Conventional Approaches (2004)

Dr Marty Sullivan, former co-Director, Duke Center for Integrative Medicine

 

A Faith-Friendly Approach to Meeting Need (2004)

Jim Towey, Director, White House Office of Faith-based Initiatives

Wade Horn, Asst. Secretary for Children & Families, U.S. Dept. of HHS

 

  

 

Politics & Policy

 

The Geneva Convention Accords-How Do We Treat Terrorists? (2009)

Monderator, General Charles Krulak(ret)

Michael Posner, President, Human Rights First

Elisa C. Massimino, Washington Director, Human Rights First

 

Opportunities for the New Administration (2001)

Kate O’Beirne and Larry Kudlow, National Review

 

First 350 Days – Triumph and Tragedy (2002)

Edwin Meese, III, Heritage Foundation

South Carolina Congressman Lindsay Graham

Larry Kudlow, Kudlow & Company

 

A Look at the 2004 Presidential Elections (2004)

Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard

Whit Ayres, Ayres McHenry & Associates

 

The Judicial Nomination Process: Gridlock and Grudges (2004)

Ed Meese, the Heritage Foundation

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions

 

Conversation with the Governors

 

 

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