The Encounter Books Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Gala
Cordially invites you to its
Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Gala
Celebrating a quarter-century of great books in defense of the Western tradition.
Victor Davis Hanson
The Encounter Prize for Advancing American Ideals
Joshua T. Katz
The Jeane Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
6:30 PM Reception
7:30 PM Dinner and Program
9:30 PM Afterparty
The National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
RSVP by September 27
For more information, please contact [email protected]
or call Malcolm Salovaara at 212.871.6310.
Our room block at the St. Regis Hotel has sold out.
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, The Hickory Foundation,
Thomas D. Klingenstein, Thomas and Diane Smith, Anonymous
Elizabeth Ailes, Larry P. Arnn, The Gale Foundation, Richard W. Graber,
Allen C. Guelzo, James Hankins, Heather and James Higgins,
Henry and Nancy Kissinger, Wilfred M. McClay, Anonymous
Claremont Institute, Jens Heycke & Dr. Kelly Conlon,
Hillsdale College, Thomas E. McInerney, Anonymous
Roger and Susan Hertog, Pacific Legal Foundation, A. & M. Ross
Victor Davis Hanson
Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he focuses on classics and military history. He is the author of hundreds of articles, book reviews, and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history, and essays on contemporary culture. He has written or edited more than twenty-five books, the latest of which is The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America (2021).
Joshua T. Katz
Joshua T. Katz is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on higher education, language and culture, the classical tradition, and the humanities broadly conceived. Educated at Yale, Oxford, and Harvard, he was Cotsen Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics at Princeton before joining AEI. The recipient of numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching, he is an outspoken advocate for free speech, academic freedom, and such disfavored ideas as truth, rigor, and merit. In 2022–23, he was a Visiting Critic at The New Criterion, the partner enterprise of Encounter Books.
Rebekah Mercer graduated from Stanford University with a dual B.S. in Biology and Mathematics and with an M.S. in Operations Research and Engineering Economic Systems. After graduation, she returned to New York City and worked for a hedge fund before retiring to raise her four children. She is president of the Mercer Family Foundation and serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations, including The Heritage Foundation. She is a Trustee Designate of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and the chairman of the board of directors of the Government Accountability Institute.
Yuval Levin is the director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he also holds the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Public Policy. He is the founder and editor of National Affairs, a senior editor at The New Atlantis, a contributing editor at National Review, and a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times. He is the author of several books on political theory and public policy, most recently A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream (Basic Books, 2020).
Richard W. Graber
Richard W. Graber is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rick served as the Senior Vice President for Global Government Relations for Honeywell International. He served as the United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2006 to 2009.
Gala sponsors will receive the following benefits:
Founders Circle: $100,000
Two tables of ten with premier seating location, invitation to VIP reception, prominent recognition in program, and recognition from podium.
Leadership Circle: $50,000
Table of ten with premier seating location, invitation to VIP reception, prominent recognition in program, and recognition from podium.
Table of ten with prime seating location, invitation to VIP reception, and recognition in program.
Host Committee: $15,000
Table of ten with preferred seating location and recognition in program.
Two tickets with priority seating location and recognition in program.
Single ticket admission for dinner.
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