2018-19 Speaker Series


April 10, 2019

6:00-7:15pm   Presidents' Dining Room

Sara Georgini (Massachusetts Historical Society)

"The Providence of John and Abigail Adams"

john and abigail



Past Events

September 24, 2018

Mercer's Undergraduate Constitution Day Event

Jean Yarbrough (Bowdoin College)

"Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Critique of the Framers' Constitution"


October 8, 2018

Vickie Sullivan (Tufts University)

"The Universalism and Particularism of Montesquieu and His Odd Depiction of Alexander the Great"


November 14, 2018

Jason Jividen (St. Vincent College)

"A Principle and a Problem: Comparing Tocqueville and Lincoln on Equality and American Democracy"


February 18, 2019

Mark Smith (University of South Carolina)

"Religion and Revolt: Slave Resistance in the Atlantic World"


March 18-19, 2019

A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas

Liberty and Tyranny in Plato


March 18, 2019

4:00-5:20pm     Mercer Student Panel

                                       Holly Cooper, Preston Earle, Devyn Mode, Cody Moran

6:00-7:15pm     Nicholas Smith (Lewis & Clark College)

                                    "Pity the Tyrant"

March 19, 2019

9:00-10:30am   Faculty Panel I: Gorgias and Alcibiades

                                    Kevin Honeycutt (Mercer University)
                                    Alex Priou (Long Island University)
                                   Jeffrey Dirk Wilson (The Catholic University of America)


10:45-12:15pm  Faculty Panel II: The Republic

                                   Peter Ahrensdorf (Davidson College)
                                   Richard Ruderman (University of North Texas)
                                   Devin Stauffer (University of Texas)

2:00-3:30pm    Faculty Panel III

                                  Jennifer Baker (College of Charleston)
                                  Khalil Habib (Hillsdale College)
                                  Mary Townsend (St. John's University)


6:30-7:45      Catherine Zuckert (University of Notre Dame)

                               "Plato on Liberty---Public and Private"