Attending ICPES was a terrific chance to be exposed to conservative professors.”
According to Jeff Kane, when he came to The Fund for American Studies in the summer of 1972 he already knew there was some level of bias in colleges across the country. He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Was. “It was not a terribly liberal campus, but the professors were traditional liberals,” said Kane. “The economics department was somewhat better, and the Russian History professor was advisor to the campus chapter of the Young Americans for Freedom.”
It was through the Young Americans for Freedom that he learned about The Fund for American Studies. He enrolled in the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES). He was thrilled to meet college students from all across the country and from a variety of backgrounds. “Attending ICPES was a terrific chance to be exposed to conservative professors,” said Kane. Conservative students are so beleaguered on college campuses, and Kane was happy to hear academics affirming the positions that he had intuitively sensed were true. “It was a great summer to be in Washington, D.C., although it was blazing hot!”
Kane married his wife, Judy, whom he met through Young Americans for Freedom and ultimately joined her family’s soda, beer and wine distribution business in Maine. He is a member of the board of directors for the Maine Heritage and Policy Center, a free-market think tank focusing on Maine state policy, and leads their development committee. One of their primary policy areas is government transparency; they created a search engine where you can look at any expense in the state of Maine down to the town level. He and his wife have two children and his hobbies and passions include golf, skiing and cooking.