Civics Summit is 2-day conference that provides individuals a key opportunity to hear about public policy perspectives rarely found in the media.  It looks at a current government or economic issue, and addresses it in both theory and in practical application — all within the context of proper, ethical government action.

The first Civics Summit was held in 2013 and was titled,”1913:  The Year that Changed the Century.” It focused on the three significant policies that emerged in 1913:  the income tax, direct election of senators, and the Federal Reserve.

Twelve sessions were dedicated to these three policies that have changed the course of the nation — and why they should be repealed.  Speakers included.

  • Mike Winther, President of IPS
  • Dr. Joel Herche, Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business at University of the Pacific
  • Dr. Shawn Ritenour, Professor of Economics at Grove City College
  • Katie Herche, former Program Coordinator at the Institute for Principle Studies

The 2014 Civics Summit was titled: “Can the War on Poverty be Won?”  It focused on the 50 year anniversary of the official declaration of the war on poverty by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and analyzed why government efforts have failed.  It offered alternative solutions to helping poor through entrepreneurship and biblical charity.  Speakers included:

  • Mike Winther, President of IPS
  • Michael Matheson Miller, PovertyCure Director at the Acton Institute
  • Dr. Shawn Ritenour, Professor of Economics at Grove City College

The 2015 Civics Summit was titled, “Critical Condition:  Can American Health Care be Saved?”  It focused on America’s impending health care meltdown due to government’s involvement in the process when it should be left to free market — which always satisfies needs and wants at the right times, in the right places, for the right amounts.  It also featured a bonus kick-off event at the local State Theatre in Modesto with the documentary film showing of “Wait Till It’s Free” by producer Colin Gunn.  Speakers included:

  • Mike Winther, President of IPS
  • Dr. Shawn Ritenour, Professor of Economics at Grove City College
  • Colin Gunn, Documentary film maker

Stay tuned for the next IPS Civics Summit!

You can purchase CD’s of each Civics Summit under the Audio section of the bookstore.  Free streaming of the raw, unedited audio is also available under the Audio section of multimedia.