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Discovery Institute Speakers Featured at Upcoming Black Conservative Summit

The upcoming Black Conservative Summit 2023 will include two important sessions on science and scientism featuring Dr. John G. West, Vice President of Discovery Institute, Dr. Stephen Dilley, Senior Fellow of the Center for Science & Culture, and Sean Mixon, adjunct professor at Dallas College and an alumnus of the Center for Science & Culture Summer Seminar program.

Sean Mixon and John West will present a Saturday, 10:30 am plenary session on the impact of scientism on society. Later in the day, Mixon and Stephen Dilley will present a 2:15 pm breakout session entitled “The Peril and Promise of Science in the Quest to Fix America.” Visit the event webpage linked here to register or learn more.

Organized by Freedom’s Journal Institute for the Study of Faith and Public Policy, the Black Conservative Summit is a recurring event designed to bring together national, state, and local leaders to discuss prominent issues facing today’s society on a national stage. Its goal includes both to aggregate and engender Black conservative voices on issues facing America, in general, and the Black community, in particular, as a means to proffer solutions that positively impact our future and the world. Discovery Institute is one of the co-sponsors of this year’s summit.


Friday, March 24 at 11:00 AM
Saturday, March 25 at 9:00 AM


Tinley Park Convention Center
Tinley Park, IL


Freedoms Journal Institute
1 (888) 483-7473


Stephen Dilley

Senior Fellow and Academic Mentoring Centers Coordinator
Stephen Dilley (PhD, philosophy) is the Academic Mentoring Centers Coordinator and a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. Prior to joining Discovery, Dr. Dilley was a professor for 14 years at St. Edward’s University (Austin, TX). He is the editor of Darwinian Evolution and Classical Liberalism (Lexington Books) and co-editor of Human Dignity in Bioethics (Routledge). He has published essays in the The British Journal for the History of Science, The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and elsewhere.

Sean Mixon

Sean Mixon is a Dual Credit Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Dallas College. He is currently enrolled into a graduate program in theology with Dallas Theological Seminary and applying to a PhD program in philosophy. He has a mission to promote critical thinking using logic education and fulfills this mission through weekly interviews, book studies, analyses, and commentary on his Youtube channel, Thought Decoder with Sean Mixon. His goal is to start a media company where ideas related to faith and science, Christian philosophy and theology, and logic are clearly communicated with animation, visuals and real-world examples.

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.