About Conservatism 101
Conservatism 101, a project of the Leadership Institute, helps students, professors, and administrators introduce a course on conservatism to their college campuses.
A Conservatism 101 course is an academically rigorous examination of the conservative intellectual tradition. These principles must be taught, and considered, alongside the liberal perspective that dominates academia today.
Conservatism 101 helps interested members of the campus community design customized academic syllabi; locate guest speakers; network with others devoted to this cause; and get access to legal advice, media contacts, and institutional support should the university suppress academic freedom.
In the fall of 2009, the Burke Society, a conservative campus group, proposed to the university’s student council that the class be added to UVA’s curriculum. Initially, the course proposal was rejected.
But the students persevered. They worked with the Leadership Institute, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and other national organizations to strategize and build support for the course.
The proposal was submitted again to the university student council in the spring of 2010. This time, the course was approved and added to UVA’s curriculum for the upcoming semester.
Now the Leadership Institute uses the lessons learned in the successful campaign at UVA to bring a class on conservatism to other colleges.