2014 Bradley Symposium

“America’s Prospects: Promise and Peril”

Economic, political, and demographic trend-lines in American life

In the bustle of daily politics, it can be difficult to discern the broad trends that will shape America’s future. Our panel of experts will help us to see past the horizon and think through the challenges and opportunities the coming years are likely to bring.


Yuval Levin, Ethics and Public Policy Center and National Affairs

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Karlyn Bowman, American Enterprise Institute

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Glenn Hubbard, Columbia Business School

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Henry Olsen, Ethics and Public Policy Center

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Kristen Soltis Anderson, pollster & columnist for The Daily Beast

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Question-and-Answer Session

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About the Speakers 

Glenn HubbardGlenn Hubbard, Columbia Business School

Glenn Hubbard is dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School.  Hubbard received his BA and BS degrees summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida and also holds AM and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University.

In addition to writing more than 100 scholarly articles in economics and finance, Glenn is the author of three popular textbooks, as well as co-author of The Aid Trap: Hard Truths About Ending PovertyBalance: The Economics of Great Powers From Ancient Rome to Modern America, and Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System.  His commentaries appear in Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington PostNikkei, and the Daily Yomiuri, as well as on television and radio.

From 2001 until 2003, he was chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers.  In the corporate sector, he is on the boards of ADP, BlackRock, KKR Financial Corporation, and MetLife. Hubbard is co-chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; he is a past Chair of the Economic Club of New York and a past co-chair of the Study Group on Corporate Boards.

Karlyn Bowman
Karlyn Bowman
, American Enterprise Institute

Karlyn Bowman is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. She compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women’s attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.

Henry OlsenHenry Olsen
, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Henry Olsen, a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how to address, consistent with conservative principles, the electoral challenges facing modern American conservatism.

This work will culminate in a book entitled New Century, New Deal: How Conservatives Can Win Hearts, Minds and Elections.

Mr. Olsen has worked in senior executive positions at many center-right think tanks. He most recently served from 2006 to 2013 as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously worked as Vice President of Programs at the Manhattan Institute and President of the Commonwealth Foundation.

Mr. Olsen’s work has been featured in many prominent publications, including The Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostNational Review, and The Weekly Standard. His pre-election predictions of the 2008, 2010, and 2012 elections have been particularly praised for their remarkable accuracy.

Mr. Olsen started his career as a political consultant at the California firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. He then worked with the California State Assembly Republican Caucus before attending law school. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Danny J. Boggs, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and as an associate at Dechert, Price & Rhoads. He has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Comment Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review.

Kristen Soltis AndersonKristen Soltis Anderson
, pollster and author

Kristen Soltis Anderson is a pollster and columnist for The Daily Beast. Ms. Anderson has done extensive research on public opinion, studying subjects such as the youth vote and education reform. In 2013, she was named one of TIME Magazine‘s “30 under 30 Changing the World,” Marie Claire‘s “New Guard” of fifty rising female leaders, one of Campaigns & Elections’ “The Influencers 50” as one of the campaign “disruptors” to watch, and as one of National Journal Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Women Under 35 in Washington.” She is currently writing a book on new ideas and social trends that matter to emerging voter groups, due out in 2015 from Broadside Books (HarperCollins).

Anderson appears regularly on programs such as CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live,” Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” and HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” She writes for U.S. News and World Report and Huffington Post Pollster about elections and trends in public opinion. She has also written for POLITICOCampaigns & Elections magazine, National Review Online’s “The Corner,”New York Times.com’s “Room for Debate,” and The Orlando Sentinel.

In 2013, Anderson authored the CRNC’s “Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation” report on how Republicans could win young voters. Anderson has been published in academic journals and contributed a chapter to Margin of Victory: How Technologists Help Politicians Win Elections on the subject of polling and trends in opinion research.

Yuval LevinYuval Levin
, Ethics and Public Policy Center and National Affairs

Yuval Levin is the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His areas of specialty include health care, entitlement reform, economic and domestic policy, science and technology policy, and political philosophy.

Mr. Levin’s essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street JournalTimeNewsweekCommentary, and other publications. He is a contributing editor of National Review and The Weekly Standard, and is the author, most recently, of The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left.

Mr. Levin is also the founding editor of National Affairs magazine and a senior editor of The New Atlantis.

Before joining EPPC, Mr. Levin served on the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush. He previously served as Executive Director of the President’s Council on Bioethics, and as a congressional staffer.

He holds a BA from American University and a PhD from the University of Chicago.