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Ep. 46 – Interview with ISI President Charles Copeland: The Attack Against Academic Freedom at the University and the Paolucci Conservative Book Award Contest

In our in depth discussion with ISI President Charlie Copeland, we discuss thought leadership at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute – the oldest young conservative organization – started by William F. Buckley Jr, the attack against academic freedom at the university, and the prestigious Paolucci Conservative Book of the Year Award! Nominations are being accepted through Nov 15.  Please nominate your favorite conservative book!



  • 3:52 Charlie Copeland talks about the work the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) does both on campuses and in the wider conservative intellectual and political movement.
  • 8:06 Copeland talks about ISI Books and the upcoming books CBC readers should definitely check out!
  • 13:47 Copeland talks about the Paolucci Conservative Book of the Year Award and how readers like you can nominate your favorite books!
  • 18:40 Charlie Copeland discusses the state of academic freedom and bias on campus, and whether colleges can be kept safe for conservative ideas.

OUR GUEST – Charlie Copeland

  • Charlie Copeland is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He holds a BS and an MBA from Duke University. Prior to becoming ISI’s President, he served for six years on the Institute’s Board of Trustees, including three years as Secretary-Treasurer.
  • From 2002 through 2008 he served as a Delaware State Senator, rising to the position of Senate Minority Leader. During his service, he emerged as a leading voice for government accountability, education reform, and criminal justice reform.
  • Copeland currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife, two children, and three dogs.

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW – Intercollegiate Studies Institute

  • Predating organizations like Heritage and the Federalist Society, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute was founded in 1953 by conservative writer Frank Chodorov, with the organization led by a young William F. Buckley Jr. ISI’s mission was a 50-year project to instill the ideas of individual freedom and personal responsibility in the minds of young Americans. For over 60 years, it has fulfilled that mission.
  • ISI’s work in cultivating students and leaders was so successful that Pres. Reagan said “By the time the Reagan Revolution marched into Washington, I had the troops I needed—thanks in no small measure to the work with American youth ISI had been doing since 1953.”
  • ISI strives to uphold six American founding principles: limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, the rule of law, traditional values, and free-market economics.



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