ON-Lion Letter
In June, the Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal (BCPCR) at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., held its fourth annual Bradley Symposium, co-sponsored by Encounter Books, on the power of ideas, publishing, and preserving liberty and democracy. 
 
Too often, ideas are discounted as the effete plaything of the chattering classes, yet they have the power to transform our nation's institutions -- from our courts and legislatures to marriage and family life.  Since 1998, Encounter Books has aimed to broaden public debate by bringing many new voices to bear on important policy and cultural issues. 

During "Encounter at 10:  The Power of Ideas," before a standing-room-only crowd of almost 200, three panels discussed commissioned essays by 2008 Bradley Prize recipient Victor Davis Hanson, John Fonte of Hudson's Center for American Common Culture (CACC), and Andrew McCarthy of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).  A full transcript of the discussions is now available online.

Presentations by the three essay authors were followed by comments from four other prominent Encounter authors:  James Piereson, John O'Sullivan, and Robert Bork, respectively.  Encounter president and publisher Roger Kimball also spoke, on "Publishing and the Importance of Ideas."  Kimball edits The New Criterion magazine, as well.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.  Bradley also supports Hudson's BCPCR and CACC, FDD, and The New Criterion.
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