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Newt Gingrich

Speaker Newt Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the "Contract with America" that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in forty years.

Newt is the Founder of the Center for Health Transformation, General Chairman of American Solutions for Winning the Future, a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the National Defense University, and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Newt is also a news and political analyst for the Fox News Channel.

As an author, Speaker Gingrich has published nineteen books, including ten fiction and non-fiction New York Times best-sellers.

Newt Gingrich is a notable public speaker and has addressed some of the most prestigious organizations in the world.

He resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Callista Gingrich.

Callista Gingrich

Callista Gingrich is the President of Gingrich Productions, a performance and production company focusing on audio, video, and photographic productions.

Mrs. Gingrich is the voice for several audio books, including, 5 Principles for a Successful Life, Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less, The Art of Transformation, Real Change, Contract with the Earth, and Rediscovering God in America.

Callista, along with her husband, Newt, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include, Rediscovering God in America, We Have the Power, and Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny.

Mrs. Gingrich is the President of the Gingrich Foundation, a charitable nonprofit corporation.

She resides in McLean, Virginia, with her husband, Newt Gingrich.

 Robert J. Allison

Robert Allison teaches American history, and chairs the History Department at Suffolk University in Boston, and teaches in the Harvard Extension School. He received his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization at Harvard in 1992. His books include The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World 1776-1815 (2000), Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero 1779-1820 (2005), and The Boston Massacre (2006). He is vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, president of the South Boston Historical Society, and an elected fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

 Gabor Boritt

Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies & Director of the Civil War Institute

Boritt was born and raised in Hungary and educated in South Dakota and Massachusetts. At Gettysburg College, he serves as the founder and director of the Civil War Institute, Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and co-founder and chairman of the board of trustees of the Lincoln Prize. He has held visiting appointments at the universities of Cambridge, London, Harvard, and Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is author, co-author and editor of 15 books on Lincoln and the Civil War, many of them Book of the Month Club and History Book Club selections, and his writing has been translated into five languages. Boritt has received various awards and fellowships, most recently a Congressional appointment to The Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and a National Humanities Medal for 2008 from President George W. Bush. His current book is "The Gettysburg Gospel," which was featured on the cover of U.S. News & World Report.

 Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley is the fellow in history at the Baker Institute and a professor of history at Rice University. He completed his bachelor's degree at The Ohio State University and received his doctorate in U.S. diplomatic history from Georgetown University. He then spent a year teaching history at the U.S. Naval Academy and Princeton University. While a professor at Hofstra University, Brinkley spearheaded the American Odyssey course, in which he took students on cross-country treks on which they visited historic sites and met seminal figures in politics and literature. Before coming to Rice, Brinkley served as professor of history and director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization at Tulane University. From 1994 to 2005 he was the Stephen E. Ambrose Professor of History and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. Brinkley's most recent publications include "The Reagan Diaries" (2007), which he edited, and the New York Times best-seller "The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast" (2006), which was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He has received honorary doctorates from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Brinkley is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Book Review and American Heritage, as well as a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly. In a recent profile, the Chicago Tribune deemed him "America's new past master."

 Chris Bryce

Historian for National Park Service, Historic Jamestowne First founded on May 14, 1607 Jamestowne is considered the first permanent English settlement in the United States.

 Eric Campbell

Eric Campbell works for the National Park Service as a Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park.

 Jim Cicalese

Docent, Carpenters' Hall. Built between 1770 and 1777 by the Carpenters' Company, Carpenters' hall hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Franklin's Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States.

 Jane Hampton Cook

Best-selling author, historian, and columnist Jane Hampton Cook is known for making history both memorable and relevant to today’s news and events. Whether speaking publicly or writing, Jane focuses on topics that transcend generations, such as courage, freedom, patriotism, leadership, faith, communication, and womanhood. Jane has spoken to a variety of groups, including the White House, Pentagon, U.S. Department of Labor, the Heritage Foundation, Baylor University, Texas A&M University, as well as professional organizations, political coalitions, universities, schools, and churches. She has been a guest on national and international TV--the Fox News Channel, SKY news, and CBN Newswatch--and more than 80 radio programs throughout the United States.

 Robin DeBlosi

Robin DeBlosi is Director of Marketing and Events at Old South Meeting House, a museum and National Historic Landmark in Boston, MA.

 Allen C. Guelzo

Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and a professor of history at Gettysburg College. He is formerly Dean of the Templeton Honors College and the Grace F. Kea Professor of American History at Eastern University. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania, M.Div. from Philadelphia Theological Seminary and honorary doctorate in history from Lincoln College in Illinois.

Guelzo's essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in publications ranging from the American Historical Review and Wilson Quarterly to newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer and Wall Street Journal. In 2000, his book Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President won both the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize. He did it again in 2005 with his book, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, making him the first double Lincoln Laureate in the history of both prizes.

 Joseph A. Gutierrez Jr.

Joe Gutierrez received his B.A. in Political Science and History from East Carolina University in 1972 and received his Masters Degree in American History from East Carolina University a few years later. Joe spent two years teaching in Wyoming where he also attended the Taft Institute of Government at the University of Wyoming.

In June 1980, Joe left Wyoming to accept a position with the The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia. After eight years with Mariners' Museum, he accepted the position of Director of Education with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in Williamsburg. In 1999, Joe was promoted to Senior Director of Museum Operations and Education. In this role, he is responsible for the public programs at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, including museum exhibits, re-created structures, costumed historical interpretation, education programs, special events and volunteers. Joe has served on the executive committee of the American Association of Museums Standing Professional Committee for Education and several national educational task forces, and his work has earned national recognition from the American Association for State and Local History.

In 2003 he was appointed to the Thomas Nelson Community College Local Board. In 2004 he was elected Vice-Chair of the board and served two years in that capacity. Beginning in 2007 he served a two-year term as Chair of the board. During his tenure, significant progress was made on a new campus in Williamsburg and a satellite campus in the East End of Newport News.

A board member since 2007, Mr. Gutierrez currently serves as a Vice-President for Resources and Planning for the Virginia Association of Museums, the largest statewide museum organization in the country. He is the author of a number of professional articles and essays on topics such as museum education and the American Civil War. He has lectured and presented programs for the American Association of Museums, the Smithsonian's Office of Museum Programs and the National Museum of Natural History, and served as adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Hampton University.

 James H. Hutson

James H. Hutson received his Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 1964. He has been a member of the History Departments at Yale and William and Mary and, since 1982, has been Chief of the Library's Manuscript Division. Dr Hutson is the author of several books among them: John Adams and the Diplomacy of the American Revolution (1980); winner of the Gilbert Chinard Prize, 1981; To Make All Laws: The Congress of the United States, 1789-1989 (Washington and Boston, 1989-90; 4th edition, Washington, 1990); The Sister Republics: Switzerland and the United States from 1776 to the Present ( Washington, 1991; 4th edition, Washington, 1998); Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (5th printing, Washington, 2000).

 Caroline Keinath

Caroline Keinath is the Deputy Superintendent with the National Park Service at Adams National Historical Park. She completed her Bachelors Degree at The State University of New York at Geneseo, in Geography with a minor in Environmental Science. Caroline has over 28 years with the National Park Service in the fields of Education, Resource Management, Protection, and Management. She began her career at Fire Island National Seashore as a Park Ranger conducting education programs on barrier island ecology and endangered species. As a Park Ranger at Assateague Island National Seashore she worked in Resource Management and Protection, earning her Law Enforcement Commission. She continued her career with a three year assignment at Independence National Historical Park, conducting education programs at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. While there she also earned her Red Card and served as a firefighter. As Deputy Superintendent at Adams National Historical Park, Caroline oversees Museum Operations, Interpretation and Education, Facility Management and Administration. Most recently she authored an interpretive and cultural resource guidebook on Adams National Historical Park. She works each day to provide opportunities for the public to learn and be inspired by this nations natural, cultural and historic resources; and foster an understanding of and appreciation for the men and women who contributed to the shaping of our nation.

 Edwin Meese III

Edwin Meese is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. He served as the seventy-fifth attorney general of the United States from February 1985 to August 1988. Meese is an expert on the U.S. legal system, law enforcement and criminal justice, intelligence and national security, and the Reagan presidency. His current research focuses on the criminal justice system, federalism, emergency response management, and terrorism. His memoirs were published in the 1992 volume With Reagan: The Inside Story (Regnery Gateway Publishers).

Meese is also a distinguished fellow and holder of the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation; a member of the Board of Regents of the National College of District Attorney; distinguished senior fellow, Institute for United States Studies, University of London; and a member of the boards of directors of both the Capital Research Center and the Landmark Legal Foundation. Before serving as U.S. attorney general, he was counselor to the president from 1981 to 1985. In this capacity he functioned as the president's chief policy adviser and had management responsibility for the administration of the cabinet, policy development, and planning and evaluation. During the time he held both these positions, Meese was a member of the president's cabinet and the National Security Council.

 Michael Novak

Michael Novak received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion (a million-dollar purse awarded at Buckingham Palace) in 1994, and delivered the Templeton address in Westminster Abbey. He has also received the Boyer Award in 1999; with Milton Friedman and Vaclav Klaus the International Prize by the Institution for World Capitalism; the Antony Fisher Prize for The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism presented by Margaret Thatcher; the Weber Award for contributions to the Catholic Social Thought in Essen, Germany; the Cezanne Medal from the City of Provence, and the Catholic Culture Medal of Bassano del Grappa in Italy; the highest civilian award from the Slovak Republic in 1996; the Masaryk Medal, presented by Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic, in 2000; the Gold Medal of The Pennsylvania Society in 2001; and the Medal of the Italian Senate from the Pio Manzù Centre, with a citation from its president, Mikhail Gorbachev.

Theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador, Michael Novak currently holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., where he is Director of Social and Political Studies.

Mr. Novak's latest book, No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers, was released in August 2008 by Doubleday. He also recently released Washington's God: Religion, Liberty, and the Father of Our Country, in March 2006 by Basic Books and The Universal Hunger for Liberty in September 2004 by Basic Books. A new edition of The Tiber Was Silver was released in January 2005 by Sapientia Press.

 James C. Rees

James C. Rees IV is the currently the Executive Director of Historic Mount Vernon. Mr. Rees is the co-author of George Washington's Mount Vernon, and author of Treasures from Mount Vernon: George Washington Revealed.

 Neil W. Ronk

Neil W. Ronk is the Lead Historian for Christ Church Philadelphia.. He developed the interpretation program, which personalizes the visitor experience with authentic stories of real people, and tells the continuous role Christ Church has played in our nation’s history.

Mr. Ronk has been an Interpretive Historian at Christ Church since 1991 and was named Lead Historian in 1996. Mr. Ronk estimates that he has talked to over 1 million visitors at Christ Church. Mr. Ronk attended the graduate history program at Ohio State University and received a B.A. in History from Ohio Wesleyan University. He lives in Lansdowne, PA.

 Father Daniel Ruff, S.J.

Fr. Daniel Ruff, S.J. Prior to being named pastor at OSJ, Fr. Daniel M. Ruff, S.J. served as Director of Campus Ministry and Acting Coordinator of Jesuit Mission and Identity at Loyola College in MD from 2000-2008. Fr. Dan entered the MD Province of the Society of Jesus in 1976 and was ordained in 1986. A graduate of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, he holds a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the Catholic University of America. During his years at Loyola, he taught regularly as an affiliate faculty member in the department of Theology; he also gave frequent presentations and workshops to colleagues and students on Ignatian spirituality and history, created and led numerous retreats, participated in a men's support group, and served as chaplain to the Men's Lacrosse Team. In recent years, at the request of the MD Province, he has participated in two Ignatian-Lay Partners Retreats and has presented on homiletics to his brother Jesuits throughout the province.

From 1993-2000, Fr. Dan taught Systematic and Liturgical Theology and Homiletics and served as a mentor and spiritual director for seminarians at St. Mary's Seminary and University (Baltimore), where he was Associate Professor. During his tenure at St. Mary's, Fr. Dan regularly assisted on weekends at St. Dominic Parish; he also gave workshops on liturgy, preaching, and Ignatian spirituality to priests, permanent deacons, seminarians, and laity in parishes and retreat centers throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore as well as in Gettysburg, Wheeling-Charleston, Palm Springs, New Orleans, upstate New York, and Australia. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics, and the Jungmann Society of Jesuit Liturgists.

 Karlton D. Smith

Karlton D. Smith, born in 1953 in Pennsylvania, served four years in the U. S. Navy (1977 - 1981) as a Second Class Yeoman. Smith graduated from Shepherd (College) University in 1985 with a degree in Park Administration and joined the National Park Service in 1986 at Independence National Historic Site in Philadelphia. Mr. Smith has worked as a Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1990. Karlton D. Smith's wife Cheryl works as a writing/history tutor at Penn State/Mont Alto.

 Ira Stoll

Ira Stoll is founder and editor of and president of its parent company, FutureOfCapitalism, LLC. Before that, he was a founder, vice president, and managing editor of The New York Sun from its debut in 2002 until its demise in 2008.

Before launching the New York Sun, he was a consultant to the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, where he helped to launch the editorial page’s Web site and its Best of the Web Today feature. He was also North American editor of the Jerusalem Post and founder and editor of, a Web-based daily critique of the New York Times that attracted international acclaim and press attention.

From 1995 to 2000 he was Washington correspondent and then managing editor of the Forward, a Jewish weekly, where he reported from seven foreign countries and 13 states. In 1994 and 1995 he was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

His first book, "Samuel Adams: A Life" was published in November of 2008 by Free Press. Christianity Today called it "brilliant," the New York Post called it "Engaging...compelling," The Wall Street Journal called it "pithy and well-researched," Mr. Stoll was awarded the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence by the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York. Mr. Stoll's writing has also appeared in, Commentary, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, and The Daily News.

He has spoken at several universities and appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Hardball, The O'Reilly Factor, Washington Journal and Book TV.

As a reporter, he covered the 1996 national political conventions and the 1992 Democratic National Convention. He has interviewed Mayor Bloomberg, Vice President Cheney, and Prime Minister Sharon, among others.

Mr. Stoll is a graduate of Harvard, where he was president of the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper. He lives in New York City.

 Steven Waldman

Steven Waldman is the Editor-in-Chief, President and Co-Founder of Beliefnet. He's also the author of the Founding Faith: Politics, Providence and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America, which has been published by Random House. Before co-founding Beliefnet in 1999, Waldman was a political journalist, serving as National Editor of U.S. News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Review, The Atlantic, Slate, and many others.

 Michael Zuckerman

Michael W. Zuckerman did his B.A. (at Penn) and his Ph.D. (at Harvard) in American Studies. He is still incorrigibly committed to coming at History that way. He teaches courses in popular culture, national character, human nature, and religion. He has written on subjects from democracy to family life to business, from American identity to the Constitution to religion, from the university to children's rights to race to the role of ideas in history, and on people from Thomas Jefferson to P. T. Barnum to Oliver North, from Horatio Alger to Lewis Mumford to Doctor Spock. He is now finishing the editing of a collaboration of historians and developmental psychologists on the history of childhood from the middle ages to the new millennium.

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