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The Benedict Option? A Conversation with Rod Dreher and Ken Myers

  • Gaston Hall, Georgetown University 3700 O Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20057 United States (map)

Co-sponsored with The Tocqueville Forum for Political Understanding, this John Jay Institute alumni-driven event will give us an opportunity to debate the role of Christian community in changing a darkening world.

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for The New York PostThe Dallas Morning NewsNational Review,  and The Washington Times. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street JournalCommentaryThe Weekly Standard, and Time, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of three books, Crunchy ConsThe Little Way of Ruthie Leming and How Dante Can Save Your Life. He lives in St. Francisville, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children.

Ken Myers is the host and producer of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, a bimonthly audio magazine that examines issues in contemporary culture from a framework shaped by Christian conviction. He was formerly the editor of This World: A Journal of Religion and Public Life, a quarterly journal whose editor-in-chief was Richard John Neuhaus. Prior to his tenure at This World, he was executive editor of Eternity, the evangelical monthly magazine. For eight years, he was a producer and editor for National Public Radio, working for much of that time as arts and humanities editor for the two news programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Mr. Myers serves as a contributing editor for Christianity Today, and his published writings include All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture, and (as editor) Aspiring to Freedom: Commentaries on John Paul II’s Encyclical "The Social Concerns of the Church". He has also written for numerous periodicals, including The Wilson QuarterlyTableTalkDiscipleship Journal, WorldCrisisFirst ThingsThe Washington Times, and The World & I. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he studied film theory and criticism, and of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is married and has two children, and lives in central Virginia.


Map to Gaston Hall on campus

The Tocqueville Forum for Political Understanding


The Tocqueville Forum for Political Understanding is an organization at Georgetown University composed of members of the faculty and student fellows. Additionally, the Forum invites distinguished scholars from academia and other institutions to present lectures, roundtables and symposia. These events are open both to the University community and interested individuals from the general public.

The programs of the Tocqueville Forum are directed toward gaining a better knowledge of the underlying political, cultural, and social foundations of both the American Republic and other traditions. The principal aim of the Forum is to foster understanding among different traditions by engaging in dialogue and an exchange of ideas.

The name and purpose of the Tocqueville Forum reflects the goals of Alexis de Tocqueville who, through his critical evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of democracy, attempted to bring about an understanding of the democratic age to his fellow Europeans. The Forum expands on the Tocquevillian project by encompassing a global perspective.

The John Jay Institute


Named for the American founder, John Jay (1745-1829), the John Jay Institute is an educational and professional civic leadership organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its mission is to prepare principled leaders for faith-informed public service. The John Jay Institute undertakes this mission to further nothing less than a renaissance of the animating ideals that inspired America's founding. As the only organization of its kind, the John Jay Institute provides exceptional emerging leaders with the intellectual, spiritual, and professional training for transformational cultural leadership.


Later Event: November 7
10th Anniversary Gala