Heritage Events Podcast
Pathways in and out of Islamism: A Conversation with Two Former Extremists
The political ideology of Islamism may not have its origins in the West, but in recent decades it has proven attractive to many individuals living there. Not only have Westerners joined terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda or the Islamic State, but political Islamist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami have also used the West as a base from which to recruit, fundraise and proselytize. Thankfully, many eloquent and important critics have emerged among those who were once immersed in Islamism but now reject its teachings. This event features personal testimonies from two such individuals: one from the U.K. and one based in the U.S. Maajid Nawaz was a leading member of the revolutionary Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir and former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience while detained in Egypt. He has since repudiated the ideology of Islamism, works to counter extremism in all forms, and encourages reform within Islam. Nawaz is an acclaimed author, columnist and broadcaster, and stood for the British Parliament in 2015. Mohammed Khalid was just fifteen when, in 2011, he became the youngest person ever prosecuted for terrorism offenses in the U.S. Turning away from Islamism while in jail, since his release he has dedicated himself to countering the ideology that led to his imprisonment.
The Plot To Change America: How Identity Politics Divides America
Want to know why there are riots in our streets and the country appears to be completely divided? It didn’t happen organically, and it was not a grassroots effort. The foundations for our division were laid decades ago. Mike Gonzalez’s book,The Plot to Change America, explains. Join author Mike Gonzalez and conservative commentator Michael Knowles for an illuminating conversation about the roots of identity politics and how this pernicious way of thinking divides America, featuring introductory remarks by Kay C. James.
Is the President Trumping Constitutional Norms?
Since taking office, President Trump has been derided by the mainstream media and his critics as running roughshod over constitutional norms, fueling the conviction of liberals and some moderate conservatives that the 45th President poses an ongoing threat to the Constitution. InDefender in Chief, constitutional scholar John Yoo argues that Trump’s adversaries have things exactly backwards. Far from considering Trump an inherent danger to our nation's founding principles, Yoo contends that the Framers would have seen Trump as restoring their vision of presidential power. It is instead liberal opponents who would overthrow existing constitutional norms in order to unseat Trump, thereby inflicting permanent damage on the presidency.Join us for a lively and timely discussion on presidential power and constitutional norms in the Trump era, with the book’s author, John Yoo, and well-known legal scholar David Rivkin.
How to Start an Education Pod: Civil Society's Response to COVID-19
As many schools across the country remain closed, parents are banding together to form “education pods,” pooling resources, grouping their children in co-quarantined clusters, and hiring a teacher or private tutor for instruction. It is a real-time, large scale example of civil society in action; what Edmund Burke called the “little platoons” that make America an exceptional nation. How do these education pods work for students, and how might they benefit teachers and families? How do you form an education pod of your own?Join us for a discussion on how to build your own education pod with policy experts and parents who have created successful pods and microschools.