2010-11 Speaker Series


September 23, 2010

Ryan Hanley, Marquette University

"On the Morality of Commercial Society: Smith's Response to Rousseau"

October 21, 2010

Eva Brann, St. John's College, Annapolis

"On Homer's Odyssey"

December 2, 2010

Robert Alter, Univerity of California, Berkely

"The Opacity of David and the Transperancy of Saul: Reflections on I Samuel"

February 24, 2011

Jeremy Bailey, University of Houston

"Is Executive Power a Threat to Liberty?: Hamilton vs. Jefferson"

April 6-8, 2011

Fourth Annual Conference on Great Books and Ideas

Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America

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Opening Lecture

Peter Lawler, Berry College

"Tocqueville's Relevance Today: Individualism and Soft Despotism"

Student Panelists

  • Rachael Bishop
  • Randyl Cochran
  • Bryan Gordy
  • John Pascarella
  • Chad Slige

Faculty Panelists

  • Daniel Cullen, Rhodes College
  • Steven Forde, University of North Texas
  • Elizabeth Kaufer-Busch, Christopher
  • Newport University
  • Joseph Knippenberg, Oglethorpe University
  • David Ramsey, University of West Florida
  • Aristide Tessitore, Furman University

Keynote Lecture

Harvey C. Mansfield, Harvard University

"Tocqueville on What Religion Contributes to Liberty"