January 14-15, 2022

The Factory at Franklin, Liberty Hall (Map)

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Registration for Friday Night Dinner event closes on Jan. 9.
Saturday only tickets will be available until Jan. 13.



The American Dream Conference begins on Friday evening with a formal dinner hosted by our keynote speaker, Dr. Ben Carson, and will feature Larry Gatlin and John Rich as entertainment. Saturday’s lineup includes an assortment of speakers discussing how to put the American Dream back into our education system.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben CarsonFounder & Chairman, American Cornerstone Institute
Keynote: Keeping the American Dream Alive

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., is Founder and Chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute, a new think tank/do tank whose mission is to promote the 4 founding principles which are cornerstones of our country: faith, liberty, community, and life as well as pursue common sense solutions that challenge conventional groupthink. He most recently served as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

CJ Pearson
CJ PearsonPresident of Free Thinker Project
Topic: A New Time for Choosing

CJ Pearson is the Founder and President of The Free Thinker Project a non-profit focused on inspiring a new generation of free thinkers that reject the divisive identity politics of the left. CJ also hosts the iHeart Radio podcast, CJ Pearson UNCENSORED where he covers a wide variety of current events without the fog and spin of the mainstream media.

Michael Patrick Leahy
Michael Patrick LeahyCEO of Star News Digital Media and the and Editor-in-Chief of the Star News Network
Emcee, January 14th

Michael Patrick Leahy is the CEO, Editor-in-chief, and majority owner of Star News Digital Media, which owns and operates a family of state focused conservative news sites, including The Tennessee Star, The Virginia Star, The Georgia Star News, The Ohio Star, The Michigan Star, and The Minnesota Sun. He is also the host of The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy, broadcast weekday mornings from 5 am to 8 am on 98.3 FM and 1510 WLAC in Nashville, an iHeart Media station.

Dr. James Lindsay
Dr. James LindsayAuthor and Founder of New Discourses
Topic: Critical Race Theory in the Classroom and the Future of American Education

An American-born author, mathematician, and political commentator, Dr. James Lindsay has written six books spanning a range of subjects including religion, the philosophy of science and postmodern theory. Dr. Lindsay is the Founder of New Discourses, an organization dedicated to shining the light of objective truth in subjective darkness. Dr. Lindsay is the co-author of “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody” and is the author of the upcoming book “Race Marxism.” Dr. Lindsay has been a featured guest on Fox News, Glenn Beck, Joe Rogan, and NPR.

National Anthem and Live Music

Pamela Furr
Afternoon News Anchor SuperTalk 997 WTN/Nashville
Singing National Anthem
Live Performances

Dr. Carson and Dr. Swain will also be signing their books, available for purchase, after dinner.

Morning Panel Speakers Jan. 15

The Public School Crisis in America: Shall We Reform or Exit?

Dr. Carol Swain
Dr. Carol SwainEmcee, January 15th
Founding President of Be the People Project and Unity Training Solutions

Dr. Swain is a former tenured professor at Princeton and Vanderbilt Universities. She is also an author, commentator, and entrepreneur. Her most recent co-authored (Dr. Chris Schorr) book, Black Eye for America: How Critical Race Theory is Burning Down the House, is an Amazon bestseller in the areas of education inclusive methods and democracy.

Dr. Mary Poplin
Dr. Mary PoplinMorning Moderator
Professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University
Rebecca Friedrichs
Rebecca Friedrichs
Former public school teacher and founder of For Kids and Country
Alex Newman
Alex Newman
The Foundation for American Christian Education
Pastor Stephen Broden
Pastor Stephen Broden
Founder of the Content of Our Character Series
Dr. Wenyuan Wu
Dr. Wenyuan Wu
Former Executive Director of Californians for Equal Rights, Executive Director at Californians for Equal Rights

Afternoon Panel Speakers Jan. 15

Teaching the Dream in 2022

Tiffany Justice
Tiffany JusticeEmcee, January 15th
Co-founder of Moms for Liberty

Tiffany Justice is co-founder of Moms for Liberty, a national non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to the empowerment of parents to defend their parental rights at all levels of government.

Justice is a wife and mother of four school-aged children. In 2016 she was elected to the first of two terms as a member of the Indian River County School Board (Florida). In January 2001 she co-founded Moms for Liberty, which has quickly grown to more than 70.000 members in 167 chapters across 33 states, with more chapters being added every week.

Moms for Liberty encourage their members to act as “joyful warriors” for children, focused on positive advocacy of parental rights with a focus on public education.

Terris Todd
Terris ToddAfternoon Moderator
Program manager for Civil Society and the American Dialogue at The Heritage Foundation
Dinesha Merriweather
Dinesha Merriweather
Director of Public Relations and Content Marketing at the American Federation for Children and Founder of Black Minds Matter
Paul Rossi
Paul Rossi
A teacher who refused to stand by while his students were indoctrinated

Paul Rossi is a high school mathematics teacher, tutor, and writer. His essay “I Refuse to Stand by While My Students are Indoctrinated” describes the impact of Critical Race Theory and Pedagogy on his students at Grace Church School, where he had taught since 2012. Since his departure from the school, Paul has shared more of his experiences on The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast, The Megyn Kelly Show, Tucker Carlson Today, and The Fifth Column. Paul graduated with a B.A. in French Literature from Cornell in 1992, and with an M.A. in Educational Psychology at Hunter College in 2010. He’s currently on the advisory board of Educational Liberty Alliance and is also volunteering with several other organizations formed to help return viewpoint diversity to classrooms.

Tony Kinnett
Tony Kinnett
Founder of The Chalkboard Review

Former District Science Coordinator & Instructional Coach at Indianapolis Public Schools. Founder of The Chalkboard Review. Made a now viral video validating the parental concerns over CRT in classrooms.

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Event Details

American Dream Conference
All Times Central Time

Friday, Jan 14

  • 5:30 PM – Doors Open
  • 6 PM – Dinner Begins, Opening Prayer
  • 7 PM – Program Begins: Pledge, National Anthem, Dr. Carol Swain, Larry Gatlin, John Rich, Dr. Ben Carson


  • Weekend Ticket: $100
  • Friday Night Only Ticket: $75
  • Saturday Only Ticket: $35

The Factory at Franklin, Liberty Hall
230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064 (view map)

Saturday, Jan 15

  • 9:00 AM – Welcome from Dr. Carol Swain
  • 9:30 – 10:00 AM – CJ Pearson, “A Time for Choosing.”
  • 10:00 – 11:30 AM – The Public School Crisis: Shall We Reform or Exit? (Morning Panel sponsored by Be The People)
    Panelists: Mary Poplin (moderator), Rebecca Friedrichs, Alex Newman, Pastor Broden, Dr. Wenyuan Wu
  • 11:30 – 12:30 PM – Boxed Lunch
  • 12:30 – 1:00 PM – Afternoon keynote speaker: James Lindsay, “Critical Race Theory in the Classroom and the Future of America”
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  • 1:00 – 2:30 PM – Afternoon panel
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Contact: alex@carolmswain.com

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