Country Over Party

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7 - 8:30pm

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On February 27, marking the 160th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s historic “Right Makes Might” speech in Cooper Union’s Great Hall, America’s leading conservative voices gather to discuss what it means to be a patriot in our current times. All eight of the founding members of the Lincoln Project will appear for the first time in public, sharing their perspectives on Lincoln’s legacy, the Constitution, rule of law, and the movement to put the country before political party. 

This free event is open to the public and is presented by the John Jay Iselin Memorial Lecture.

General public should reserve a space. Please note seating is on a first come basis; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house. 

George Conway is a lawyer in New York City and a founding member of Checks & Balances, a group of conservative and libertarian lawyers organized to defend the rule of law.

Reed Galen is an independent political strategist. He left the Republican Party in 2016 and has spent the last three years dedicated to the political reform movement, creating a better system for all voters.

Jennifer Horn is a communications strategist and former Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. She was the first Republican woman nominated for federal office in the state.

Mike Madrid is a Republican strategist and former political director of the California Republican Party. He serves as a senior advisor to the California Latino Economic Institute.

Steve Schmidt is a national political strategist. He previously worked for President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ron Steslow is a brand and marketing strategist and independent political consultant. Since leaving the GOP in 2016, he has worked to put voters first in our political system.

John Weaver is a national political strategist. He worked for President George H.W. Bush, Senator John McCain, and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Rick Wilson is a long-time Republican media consultant and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Everything Trump Touches Dies.


Produced by Public Programs at The Cooper Union, Tim Marback. 

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.