2014-15 Speaker Series


The A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas:

"Republics Ancient and Modern"

March 25 and 26, 2015


Opening Lecture:    March 25,  6:00pm in SEB, Room 110

Stuart Warner, Professor of Philosophy, Roosevelt University

"A Stranger in a Strange Land: Montesquieu on Republics Ancient and Modern"

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Student Panel:       March 26, 9:00-10:15am in the President's Dining Room, University Center

Featuring:  Brandon Brock, Jackson Brown, Jazmine Buckley, Maggie Callahan, Anna Kersey

Faculty Panel I:      March 26, 10:30-11:30am in the President's Dining Room, University Centerplutarch-doo-rag

On Ancient Republicanism

Featuring: Mark Shiffman (Villanova University) and Evanthia Speliotis (Bellarmine University)

Faculty Panel II:      March 26, 12:45-2:15pm in the President's Dining Room, University Center

On Early Modern Republicanism

Featuring: Andrea Kowalchuk (Colorado-Boulder), Michelle Schwarze (University of Wisconsin), and Benjamin Storey (Furman University)

Faculty Panel III:     March 26, 2:30-4:00pm in the President's Dining Room, University Center

On Tocqueville's Republicanism

Featuring: Christine Henderson (Liberty Fund), Aristide Tessitore (Furman University), and Lise Van Boxel (St. John's College)


Closing Lecture:     March 26, 6:00pm in the President's Dining Room, UC

David Wootton, University of York, England

"Shakespeare, James I, and the Dutch Republic"

Fall 2014 Events:


Founders  September 10, 2014      

  Mercer's Undergraduate Constitution Day Observance

  Dr. Carl Richard, Professor of History, University of Louisiana-Lafayette

   "The Classical Roots of American Constitutionalism"

This event was made possible through the generous support of the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Principles and History


Washington on horse at Trenton   November 6, 2014      

   Dr. James Stoner, Professor of Political Science, LSU

   "War Power, Executive Power, and the Rule of Law: Lessons from the Founders"




Other Spring 2015 Events:

February 25, 2015        6:00pm   Science and Engineering Building, Room 110

Donald Phillip Verene, Professor of Philosophy, Emory University

"A Renaissance Statesman, the Muses, and Philosophy"