2021-22 Speaker Series

April 4, 2022

"Alexander Hamilton's Ideas on War and Peace"

Peter McNamara (Arizona State University)

6:00pm in the President's Dining Room in the University Center




2022 A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas

On Xenophon  March 17, 2022

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Feel free to view all of the pre-recorded presentations below (linked in the titles), and then join a Live Q&A on Zoom for all three panels on Thursday, March 17.  All panels will run 75 minutes long.

Panel One:  Xenophon's Socrates (1:00pm-2:15pm)

Thomas R. Martin (Classics, College of the Holy Cross)

"Sniffing out the Sweet Smell of Freedom in Xenophon's Symposium"

Christopher Nadon (Government, Claremont McKenna College)

"On a Certain Advantage of Xenophon's Apology to the Jurymen"

Richard Ruderman (Political Science, University of North Texas)

"Preparing for a Life of Virtue . . . or Vice (Xenophon's Memorabilia, 2.1)"


Panel Two: Xenophon's Cyrus (2:30-3:45pm)

Peter Ahrensdorf (Political Science, Davidson College)
"The Distinctive Character of the Education of Cyrus"
Wayne Ambler (Humanities, University of Colorado, Boulder)
"Cyrus' Steps to World Conquest and World Rule"
Carol McNamara (Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University)
"Freedom and Friendship in the Education of Cyrus"


Panel Three: Xenophon the Historian (4:00-5:15pm)

Richard Avramenko (Political Science, University of Wisconsin)
"Slavery and Honor: Xenophon on Sparta"
Gregory A. McBrayer (Political Science, Ashland University)
"Animals as Models for Rule in Xenophon's Cyropaedia"
Paul Rahe (History, Hillsdale College)
"In What Sense is Xenophon an Historian?"



Fall 2021 Events

October 4, 2021

Mercer's Undergraduate Constitution Day Observance

"First Principles"

Thomas E. Ricks

Two-Time Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
Join us at 6:00pm for a Live Q and A discussion of his book First Principles.

For an introduction to Thomas Ricks and his work on the Founders, click here.

This event is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Jack Miller Center.



October 27, 2021

"Montesquieu's Challenges and the Founders' Answers"

Zachary German (Arizona State University)

Click here for a video of Dr. German's lecture.



November 1, 2021

"The Crisis Presidency and the Constitution"

Benjamin Kleinerman (Baylor University)

4:00pm in the Presidents Dining Room (University Center).