Rise for America.

Come to Gettysburg.

2023 Braver Angels National Convention

In July of 2023 on the grounds of a great battlefield of our Civil War, we’ll meet to prevent another civil war—a war in which we tear ourselves apart with anger and mistrust.  We’ll come to Gettysburg to rise for America. 

What, where, when?

Braver Angels 2023 National Convention
Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
July 6-8, 2023

Who should attend?

Leaders of Braver Angels.
Leaders of civic, religious, and educational organizations.
The Convention will be equally balanced between conservatives and progressives.

What's the goal?

To bridge our divides and preserve the Union.

Apply to Attend

If you’re a Braver Angels leader interested in being a delegate to the Convention,
 sign up here.

If you’re from a civic group, business, house of worship, service group, educational institution, or other organization and are interested in being a delegate to the Convention, please consider applying to be a part of Braver Partners.  Once you have been onboarded, apply here to register for the convention.

Convention Details

Goals

  • Build relationships across divides.
  • Develop leadership skills and capacities.
  • Chart the future of our work to depolarize America.

Schedule

The convention will begin with an Opening Plenary on Thursday, July 6, at 7:00 pm and conclude with a Concert on the evening of Saturday, July 8.

For those who can come early, on Wednesday, July 5 we’ll offer an afternoon tour of the battlefield and an evening of discussion and music focusing on the battle, the Gettysburg Address, and the meaning of these events for today.

During the day of Thursday, July 6, prior to the 7:00 pm Opening Plenary, we’ll offer pre-convention workshops on leadership skills and depolarization strategies as well as information booths on the work of participating organizations.

Agenda and Speakers

The agenda is in formation and we’ll update it here as it evolves. There will be 5 plenary sessions bringing us all together, evening sessions opportunities to engage with prominent leaders, skills workshops, strategy working groups, special-topic courses, and a terrific concert on Saturday night.

You’ll engage topics such as:

  • Can conservatives and progressives agree on proposals to increase the trustworthiness of our elections?
  • How can I become a more effective civic leader?
  • “A deplorable and an expert walk into a bar” … what happens when a top U.S. health official and a grassroots leader skeptical of the health establishment spend a year together looking at the U.S. response to COVID-19?
  • What’s our strategy through 2024 to bridge the partisan divide?

The style will be participatory. The experts attending will be on tap, not on top. The convention will be co-chaired by one progressive and one conservative leader who’ll use adapted parliamentary procedure to ensure equal participation.

Application

You have to apply to attend and not all applications will be accepted. Braver Angels does it this way for three reasons. One is to ensure equal numbers of conservatives and progressives. (That’s why we ask you to indicate your political leaning when you register.) Another is to ensure participation from many organizations. And the third is to have a convention consisting of leaders.

Those whose applications are accepted are called delegates. Some delegates will come from Braver Angels local alliances and other Braver Angels leadership bodies. Others will come as representatives of civic, business, religious, service, educational, and other local and national groups from across the country.

Cost

Basic registration is $400. It covers food, lodging, parking, use of gym facilities, shared rides to and from airports and train stations, and participation in all convention activities.

If you choose to arrive on Wednesday to participate in pre-convention opportunities or you
choose off-campus accommodations offered by the College, the cost may be higher.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is a 75-minute drive to the campus.

For commuters who aren’t using accommodations offered by the College, registration is $300.

For students, basic registration is $200.

Financial assistance will be available for those in need.

Travel

If you drive, campus parking is free.

If you choose air travel:

  • Harrisburg International Airport is a 45-minute drive to the campus.
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is a 75-minute drive to the campus.

If you choose train travel:

  • Harrisburg Amtrak Station is a 45-minute drive to the campus.
  • Penn Station / Baltimore is also a 45-minute drive to the campus.

For each of these sites, we will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the campus.

For questions or more information

Mark Metzger
mark@braverangels.org
212.246.3942

"Testing Whether That Nation"

We’ll meet in Gettysburg because on that battlefield in 1863 occurred both the greatest battle of our Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s great Address on why our Union matters.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.

—Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

Surrounded by the battlefield, the College’s Pennsyvania Hall served first as a Confederate hospital and lookout, and then for a number of weeks after the battle as a Union hospital.

Pennsylvania Hall today.

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