Carolina Regional Conference

Saturday, November 16th - Hosted by the Wake Forest University Young Americans For Liberty

Join Students For Liberty in Winston Salem, nicknamed the City of Arts and Innovation, on Saturday, November 16th for the 2013 SFL North Carolina Regional Conference. Liberty is gaining traction in the South, but so are its enemies. The North Carolina Regional Conference will feature tremendous speakers, including our evening keynote! We will also feature a panel on student organizing from some of the best leaders in the region, so you can learn the best ways to spread liberty on your campus.

The conference is an unparalleled opportunity to network with other pro-liberty students and organizations. You’ll discover countless opportunities for jobs, internships, conferences and seminars, and most of all, you’ll have a whole lot of fun. The conference is free to attend, and includes three meals, plus drinks at our evening social. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the student movement for liberty! Registerat the bottom of the page!

  • Where: Wake Forest University
  • Host: Wake Forest Young Americans for Liberty
  • When: November 16th, 2013
  • Conference: 9am – 8pm
  • Social: 8pm-11pm The Last Resort WS
  • Cost: FREE of Charge
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Keynote Speaker – Daniel Garza, Executive Director of the LIBRE Initiative

Daniel Garza has more than two decades of both public and private sector experience managing media and public relations, directing corporate projects, and working at all levels of government. Garza, who is a former White House staff member, has been featured in Fox News Latino’s “Ten Young Latinos in Politics to Watch in 2013 and Polymic’s list of “10 Political Rising Stars you Should Know About in 2013”. In 2001, Garza was tapped by the George W. Bush Administration to serve as Deputy Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Secretary at The Department of Interior, and in 2004, he was appointed to Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison in the White House. In 2006, he went from politics to print as President of Televisa’s HISPANIC PODER Group overseeing editorial, commercial and promotion of publications including HISPANIC, Hispanic Trends, PODER and Tu Dinero. Garza also worked as co-producer and host of Univision Network’s “Agenda Washington” a weekly Spanish-language news talk show that covered state, economic, political and social issues impacting the U.S. Hispanic community.


David Kelley

David Kelley is a professional philosopher, teacher, and writer. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a Visiting Lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a treatise on epistemology; and The Art of Reasoning, one of the most widely used logic textbooks in the country. With Roger Donway, he co-authored Laissez Parler: Freedom in the Electronic Media, a critique of government regulation. He is also the author of A Life of One’s Own: Individual Rights and the Welfare State, a critique of the moral premises of the welfare state and defense of private alternatives that preserve individual autonomy, responsibility, and dignity.


Shikha Dalmia

Shikha Dalmia is a senior policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Dalmia is a Bloomberg View contributor, a columnist at the Washington Examiner, and writes regularly for Reason magazine. She previously served as a columnist for Forbes. Dalmia was co-winner of the first 2009 Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism for her columns in Forbes and Reason. From 1996 to 2004, Dalmia was as an award-winning editorial writer at the Detroit News, covering a variety of policy issues, including the environment, immigration, Social Security, welfare reform, health care and foreign policy. She also worked as a reporter for the Patriot, a national daily newspaper based in New Delhi, India, where she grew up and earned her B.S. degree in chemistry and biology from the University of Delhi. Dalmia frequenlty appears on Fox Business Network and other television and radio outlets. Dalmia, who taught news writing courses at Michigan State University, earned a Master’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. She also holds a post graduate diploma in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications.


Michael Valdez-Moses

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Michael Valdez Moses is Associate Professor of English and a founding member of the Gerst Program for Political, Economic, and Humanistic Studies at Duke University.  He grew up in Los Angeles and was educated at Harvard, New College, Oxford, and the University of Virginia.  He is the author of The Novel and the Globalization of Culture (Oxford, 1995), editor of the essay collections,The Writings of J. M. Coetzee (Duke UP, 1994), and Modernism and Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2010), and co-editor ofModernism and Colonialism:  British and Irish Literature, 1900-1939 (Duke UP, 2007).  His main interests are in 20th-century British, Irish, comparative, and postcolonial literatures, modern cinema, and in the history of classical liberal political thought. He is co-editor of the journal, Modernist Cultures, and a contributing editor of Reason magazine. Professor Moses is the 2011-2012 recipient of the Roger B. Cox Distinguished Teaching Award given by Duke University.


Malavika Nair

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Malavika is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University, AL. She was previously Assistant Professor of Economics in the School of Business at the College of Charleston, SC. She graduated with a PhD in Economics from Suffolk University, Boston in May 2012. Her research focuses on questions related to monetary theory, financial history, private enterprise in money production and financial services as well as the economics of caste. She’s particularly interested in the banking micro-foundations of Austrian Business Cycle theory and in the effect of government intervention on the circulation of money and money-like instruments.


Robert Shibley

Robert L. Shibley, FIRE’s Senior Vice President, is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law. Robert’s undergraduate experience serving as the managing editor of the Duke Review newspaper, which frequently decried (and faced) administrative censorship and bias, led him to a career defending the rights of college and university students and faculty members. Since starting at FIRE in 2003, Robert has aided students and faculty members at dozens of colleges and universities. He is also a member of the bar in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Florida. As Senior Vice President, along with traveling to various campuses to speak about First Amendment issues, Robert has represented FIRE publicly on Stossel, Fox and Friends, and Lou Dobbs Tonight, in national and international radio and TV interviews, and in published editorials in the New York Post, Boston Globe, National Review, Providence Journal, Daily Oklahoman, and other newspapers. He also writes columns for The Daily Caller, Forbes.com, and Pajamas Media. Robert and his wife Araz live in Apex, North Carolina, with their two daughters, Grace and Cecily.


Mustafa Abdullah

Mustafa is a professional trained community organizer.  Mustafa is currently a member of the U.S. Department’s Generation Change program.   Mustafa is currently  a board member of Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates and works as the Program Associate at the ACLU of Eastern Missouri where he does intake of civil liberties complaints, public education on civil liberties, coalition-building on constitutional issues, and lobbying.  Mustafa is currently helping to spearhead campaigns for immigration reform, a civilian advisory board for the St. Louis City Jails, a civilian review board for the St. Louis Police Department, and an Islamic Dress policy for the St. Louis County jails.  Voluntarily, Mustafa is working with a core team of Muslim organizers to create a national Muslim organizing network to empower Muslims to get involved in grass roots organizing and advocacy on social justice issues and build stronger Muslim institutions.

Raul Pinto

Raul Pinto is a Racial Justice Attorney with the ACLU of North Carolina.  Raul’s work is focused on investigating complaints of racial profiling and driver’s license checkpoints targeting communities of color in North Carolina, as well as developing strategies to challenge the use of racially biased policing tactics throughout the state.  Raul received his BA from Rutgers University in 2003 and his law degree from the City University of New York School of Law in 2010.  He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, New York and New Jersey.


Myron Ebell

Myron Ebell is director of energy and global warming policy at CEI. He also serves as director of Freedom Action, a web-based grassroots activist organization loosely affiliated with CEI, and chairs the Cooler Heads Coalition, which comprises over two dozen non-profit groups in this country and abroad that question global warming alarmism and oppose energy rationing policies. Prior to coming to CEI, Mr. Ebell was policy director at Frontiers of Freedom, a public-policy advocacy organization founded by former US Senator Malcolm Wallop. While at Frontiers of Freedom, he worked on property rights, the Endangered Species Act, federal-lands policies, and global warming. He previously served as senior legislative assistant to Rep. John Shadegg, where he helped develop landmark legislation that would reform the Endangered Species Act, and before that as Washington representative of the American Land Rights Association and as assistant to the chairman of the National Taxpayers Union. Mr. Ebell has testified before eight House and Senate committees. In May 2005, the Oxford Union invited Mr. Ebell to speak in a debate on global warming. He also spoke on the opening plenary panel of the Society of Environmental Journalists’ annual meeting in 2004, along with Teresa Heinz Kerry, Ted Danson, and Franco Harris. The Weather Channel named CEI one of the ten most influential groups or individuals in the global warming debate; notably, no other non-profit groups, including environmental pressure groups, were named to the list.


Gina Luttrell

Gina Luttrell is the Editor-in-Chief of the libertarian women’s magazine, Thoughts on Liberty. A prolific writer about young women’s issues, alternative lifestyles, and all things to do with freedom, Gina’s writings have appeared in The Chicago Sun Times, Sex and the State, and The Good American Post. She graduated cum laude from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA with a Bachelor’s in philosophy and political science.  When she’s not fighting for the future of the free world, she is probably sleeping. She also occasionally reads science fiction and fantasy, plays video games, and tinkers with web and graphic design. She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.



Isaac Morehouse

Isaac Morehouse is an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He is the founder and CEO of Praxis, an intensive ten-month program combining real world business experience with the best of online education for those who want more than college. Isaac previously worked at the Institute for Humane Studies where he raised support for the institute’s programs, mentored students, and directed educational programs. Prior to IHS, Isaac was at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy where he created and directed Students for a Free Economy. Morehouse loves connecting people and helping them discover and realize their dreams.  He’s been involved in a number of business and non-profit start-ups, run a taxpayer advocacy group, and played in a very mediocre band in college. Isaac writes, speaks and teaches on entrepreneurship, economics, philosophy, freedom, communication skills, how to change the world and an assortment of other topics. He holds a master’s degree in economics with a focus on the Austrian School from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Western Michigan University (though he feels the latter was a waste of time and money).


Sammi Kiley

Sammi Kiley became involved with Equality NC Foundation as a Student Ambassador during the Amendment One fight, leading the effort to pass a campus and Winston-Salem city resolution, speaking out in a variety of media outlets and mobilizing students around the state.  Sammi was given the ENC Foundation’s Student Leadership award and now serves as the ENC, Race to the Ballot project manager, an education and engagement effort that empowers students to take action. Outside her work with ENC, is involved with other social change and political organization. Sammi is finishing her senior year at Salem College studying International Relations and Not-for-Profit Management and hopes to continue her work for justice with a law degree.      

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