2018 IFI Dinner with Ryan Anderson
Dinner 6:30 p.m. | VIP Reception 5:15 p.m.
Ryan Anderson, The Heritage Foundation
Master of Ceremonies:
Peter Heck, The Resurgent
About our Keynote Speaker:
Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey.
He is the author of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment and Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, and he is the co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination.
Anderson’s research has been cited by two U.S. Supreme Court justices, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, in two Supreme Court cases.
He received his bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and he received his doctoral degree in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation was titled: “Neither Liberal Nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights.”
Anderson has made appearances on ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Health Policy Review, the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Weekly Standard, and National Review.
He is a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University, a Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America, and a Visiting Fellow at the Veritas Center at Franciscan University.
Follow him on Twitter at @RyanTAnd and for his latest essays and videos you can follow his public Facebook page.
About our Master of Ceremonies:
Peter Heck is an author, speaker and teacher from Kokomo, Indiana.
Peter graduated cum laude from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in both Social Studies Education and Political Science. After compiling a perfect academic record, he earned his Masters in Political Science from Ball State University in 2007. Since the fall of 2001, he has been a public high school teacher, teaching courses in American history and government.
Peter is a nationally recognized speaker whose humorous, relentlessly energetic and engaging style has taken him around the country, allowing him to share the stage with notable figures like Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Ben Carson, Glenn Beck, Tim Hawkins, and Lou Holtz.
Peter is a prolific writer, providing daily commentaries for The Resurgent, serving as a contributing columnist for the Indianapolis Star, and the Christian Post, and whose opinions have been published in the USA Today, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, on CNN and MSNBC.
Additionally, he has published 6 books:
- When the Beginning Ends: What Happens When We Die (2017)
- Strangers: Christian Triumph Amidst a Dying Culture(2016)
- FAMILY > (2015)
- ME: America's Deadly Obsession (2014)
- Believe: A Confrontation with Christianity's Biggest Challenges (2012)
- 78: How Christians Can Save America (2011)
Between 2004 and 2015, The Peter Heck Radio Program was heard on over 200 radio stations across the United States in cooperation with the American Family Radio network.