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Thu, May 6, 2021 · 7:00 PM · 1 hour

Conservative Conversations with ISI: Gracy Olmstead

Thu, May 6, 2021 · 7:00 PM · EDT
About This Webinar

The Downsides of Upward Mobility: An In-Depth Conversation with a Writer You Should Know

You know the trope from countless movies and books—and maybe you even lived it:

The talented, ambitious young person eager to escape hometown life and make it big out in the world.

Gracy Olmstead knows that story well.

Born and raised in a small Idaho farm town, she now lives outside of Washington, D.C., where she has built a career as an acclaimed journalist and author.

Olmstead is far from alone, of course. But she stands out for the insights she offers on the experience—and especially its costs.

You’ll hear those insights in this live episode of Conservative Conversations with ISI.

On Thursday, May 6, at 7 pm ET, hear Gracy Olmstead talk with Johnny Burtka and James Davenport about her new book, Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We’ve Left Behind.

The American Spectator hails Uprooted as “an indispensable guide for those who are wrestling with their place in an increasingly rootless world.” National Review calls it a “beautiful book.”

And you’ll see why when you tune in to this conversation.

Olmstead, who is often compared to Wendell Berry, will discuss:

• What “rootedness” means in a rootless world
• How to resist the dangerous temptation of nostalgia
• What we sacrifice for profit and “progress”
• Why efficiency and low consumer prices aren’t the only values worth defending
. . . and much more!

Because this is a live episode, you’ll be able to submit your own questions in real time.

So reserve your spot now!

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
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Author and Journalist
Grace Olmstead is the author of the new book Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We’ve Left Behind. The book has been excerpted in the Wall Street Journal, and Kirkus Reviews hails it as “a superior exploration of the consequences of the hollowing out of our agricultural heartlands.” Focusing on farming, localism, and family, Olmstead has written for the American Conservative, The Week, the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and Christianity Today, among other publications. In June, she will be honored as one of ISI’s Top 20 Alumni Under 30. A native of rural Idaho, she now lives outside of Washington, D.C., with her husband and three children.
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Academic Program Officer, ISI
James Davenport is the academic program officer for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He received his BA in politics, philosophy, and theology from the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. As an undergraduate, James was an ISI Honors Scholar and president of his campus ISI Society. He also participated in seminars with the Elm Institute, was a fellow with the Philadelphia Commons Institute (formerly the Agora Institute), and was a course fellow in religion and politics with the Hertog Foundation. James has written for the Imaginative Conservative, the University Bookman, Philanthropy Daily, and other publications.
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President, ISI
John A. Burtka IV is President of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He graduated from Hillsdale College with degrees in French and Christian Studies and earned a graduate degree in theology from La Faculté Jean Calvin in Aix-en-Provence, France. Johnny began his career at ISI, where he served as a development officer. He returned to ISI after four years at the American Conservative magazine, where he served as Executive Director and Acting Editor. Johnny has appeared on Fox News and Fox Business and written for the Washington Post, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, First Things, the American Mind, and the Intercollegiate Review, among other publications. He has been a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute and has participated in academic fellowships at Washington College and the Trinity Forum. Johnny lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Amanda.
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