Press Release Nov 30, 2005

SBC’s Richard Land to speak at Princeton “Conservative Movement” conference

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will be a featured speaker at Princeton University’s three day conference, “The Conservative Movement: Its Past, Present and Future,” from Thursday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 3.

The conference is co-hosted by the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, a research center of The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. It will be held in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton campus. The event is co-sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

Land is an alumnus of Princeton, who graduated magna cum laude from the university in 1969.

“There’s not a week that goes by that I’m not reminded in some very concrete way of what a wonderful education I received at Princeton,” Land said.

The conference will convene other noted scholars, journalists, policymakers and research professionals at the Woodrow Wilson School to address the American conservative movement from a historical perspective, as well as to debate the future of the movement, its political infrastructure, cultural and religious influences and its impact on U.S. foreign policy. Land will be addressing religion and its influence on culture and the conservative movement during a panel discussion Saturday morning.

In addition to Land, other featured speakers during the conference include Steven Hayward of the American Enterprise Institute, who will deliver the event’s keynote opening address on Thursday, December 1; George Will of the Washington Post; Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal; author and journalist Lou Cannon; David Brooks of the New York Times; and Walter Russell Mead of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The conference will run from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3. A complete conference schedule and participant list is available online at

The event is free and open to the media and public. To schedule a meeting with Dr. Land, please contact Jill Martin at 615-782-8417 or by email at

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest non-Catholic denomination with more than 16.3 million members in over 43,500 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC's ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.