Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute’s third annual Western Conservative Summit will be held from 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1 at the Hyatt Regency Denver. This year’s Summit, “Calling All Citizens: It’s a Decisive Year,” will feature dozens of guest speakers, and this year, high school seniors may who are interested in CCU may attend the Summit free of charge. Last year’s Summit saw more 1,000 delegates from 25 states and three Presidential hopefuls meet to discuss “fulfilling America’s promise.”
The Centennial Institute at CCU work on enhancing the public’s understanding on important issues such as faith, freedom and family and often sponsors seminars, conferences and other activities that are sponsored by CCU and guided by the University’s strategic objectives. If you’d like to get an idea of what to expect at a Western Conservative Summit, take a look at this ten-minute video compilation of fifteen hours worth of events.
Western Conservative Summit 2012 Speakers
Visit the Western Conservative Summit website to see the schedule of events for the three-day conference. Here are just a few of the featured guest speakers at this year’s Summit:
Glenn Beck (opening night): Conservative radio host, author, entrepreneur and political commentator. He hosts the Glenn Beck Program, a nationally syndicated talk radio show and formerly hosted the Glenn Beck TV program from 2006 to 2008 on HLN (Headline News).
Dick Morris: Political author and commentator and friend/advisor to Bill Clinton while he was the Governor of Arkansas. Recently, Morris has emerged as a critic of the Clintons and wrote Rewriting History, a rebuttal to Hillary Clinton’s Living History. Morris has been outspoken in recent years stating he would leave the United States if she were elected President of the United States (in 2008).
Governor Scott Walker: Current Governor of Wisconsin. Walker’s opponents pushed for a recall election after his Wisconsin budget repair bill was passed by the Wisconsin Legislature. A recall election took place on June 5, 2012, and Walker successfully kept his governor’s seat after beating out Milwaukee Mayor, Tom Barrett. Walker is the first governor to keep his governor’s seat after a recall election.
Governor Jan Brewer: Current Governor of Arizona; fourth woman to hold this office. Previously, Brewer served as Secretary of State of Arizona from January 2003 to January 2009. Brewer received national attention in April 2010 when she signed the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, making it a misdemeanor for an alien to be in the state without carrying registration documents. The Act authorizes state and local law enforcement of federal immigration laws and is offers up harsher punishment for those caught sheltering, hiring or transporting illegal aliens.
K.T. McFarland: Fox News contributor on foreign policy and issues of national security. Formerly, McFarland was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs at The Pentagon for three years under President Reagan and speech writer to Defense Secretary, Casper Weinberger. In 2006, McFarland ran for a seat in the New York United States Senate election and was defeated by John Spencer, former Yonkers Mayor.
Brad Stine: Comedian, actor and author who first gained exposure when he was identified as a conservative Christian on his first album, Put a Helmet On! in 2003. Stine’s comedic act involves no profanity or sexual humor because of his Christian faith; he has been described as a “clean” Denis Leary and his comedy targets liberals, humanists and political correctness. Stine has appeared on numerous TV shows and has been featured in several publications including Newsweek, the New Yorker and USA Today.
Star Parker: Syndicated columnist, author and conservative political activist who founded the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education in 1995 and in 2012, she was the Republican candidate for the 37th Congressional District of CA but lost in the general election. Currently, Parker writes a column for the Scripps Howard News Service. Following a very troubled adolescence and young adulthood, Parker embraced Christianity and became a spokeswoman for conservative social and political issues.
Governor Bob McDonnell: Seventy-first Governor of Virginia, in office since January 2010, McDonnell is a former Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. He served in the VA House of Delegates and also as Attorney General of Virginia. His catchy “Bob’s for Jobs” campaign slogan helped him defeat Democratic Senator Creigh Deeds by a 17-point margin in 2009.
Steve Kelley: Former Minnesota Senator who served from 1997-2007 and previous to that, he served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1993-97. While in office, Kelley was a strong advocate for schools and served as Chair of the Education Committee.
John Andrews: Served as Colorado State Senator from 1998-2005. Was Richard Nixon’s speech writer, served as an education appointee by President Reagan and served on a foreign scholarships commission for President George W. Bush. Andrews is currently the Director of Centennial Institute at CCU.
Bill Armstrong: Current President of Colorado Christian University. Served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate (1972-78 and 1978-90, respectively). Former member of the Senate Banking Committee, Senate Finance Committee and Senate Budget Committee. Mr. Armstrong also served as Chairman of three privately owned mortgage banking firms and a software development firm. Mr. Armstrong is a member of Cherry Hills Community Church.
Ticket prices for the Summit vary, but individuals under the age of 30 pay only $50 for the entire three-day event and high school juniors and seniors in interested in attending CCU may attend at no cost. Simply apply to be a Student Delegate.
CCU and the Centennial Institute would like to invite you to join us at the third annual Western Conservative Summit 2012 to participate in some wonderful events and hear some inspirational speakers. The Western Conservative Summit’s FAQ page will answer many of your questions.