Tennessee Regional Conference

Saturday, October 26th - Hosted by Young Americans for Liberty at Vanderbilt University

Join Students For Liberty at the Vanderbilt University on Saturday, October 26th for the 2013 Students For Liberty Tennessee Regional Conference. We are excited to be sponsoring this new conference at the alma mater of great libertarian movement leaders such as the Cato Institute’s David Boaz and The Fund for American Studies’ Roger Ream. This will be a very successful first year in Tennessee.

By attending the conference, you will hear from top speakers in the libertarian movement, network with other pro-liberty students, discover countless opportunities for jobs, internships, conferences and seminars, and have a lot of fun with other students. This day-long event will feature tremendous speakers, panels, and breakout sessions on the ideas behind a free society and the actions necessary to implement them. In addition, three free meals and drinks at our evening social are included with your FREE registration. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the student movement for liberty! Register at the bottom of this page!


Keynote Speaker – Roger Ream, President of The Fund for American Studies

For more than 35 years, Roger Ream has worked in the fields of education and public policy. In 1991, he joined The Fund for American Studies as executive vice president and was named president in 1998. The Fund sponsors educational programs in the U.S., Europe, Latin American and Asia for college students interested in learning more about market economics and the institutions of a free society.

On January 1, 2013, The Fund entered a strategic partnership with the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) in Davis, California.  FTE teaches economics to high school students and trains teachers how to teach economics.  It was inspired by economists Milton and Rose Friedman and Paul Heyne to focus its programs on basic principles of economic reasoning. Ream is chairman of FTE.

Prior to joining TFAS, Ream was a founding staff member and vice president at Citizens for a Sound Economy, an economic policy organization in Washington, D.C. that later became Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works. He has also served as special assistant to Representative Ron Paul and on the senior staff of the Foundation for Economic Education. Ream was a founding member of the Frank S. Meyer Society and currently serves as its secretary. He also serves on the boards of the Donor’s Capital Fund, the U.S. Air Force Academy Foundation and the International Freedom Educational Foundation. He is past president of the Philadelphia Society and a member of the advisory boards of America’s Future Foundation, the Philanthropic Enterprise, and Talent Market.

Ream is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He is married and has three children.


Keynote Speaker – David Boaz, Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute

David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism. Boaz is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas,” the editor of The Libertarian Reader, and co-editor of the Cato Handbook For Policymakers. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, National Review, and Slate. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows, and has appeared on ABC’s Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, CNN’s Crossfire, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, John McLaughlin’s One on One, Fox News Channel, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media. His latest book is The Politics of Freedom.


Amy Sturgis

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy and Native American studies. In the field of Science Fiction/Fantasy studies, she has edited five books and published numerous essays and articles. In 2006, Sturgis was honored with the Imperishable Flame Award for Achievement in Tolkien/Inklings Scholarship. In 2009 and 2011, she was honored with the Sofanaut Award in podcasting for her regular “History of the Genre” segments on StarShipSofa, which in 2010 became the first podcast in history to win a Hugo Award. In the field of Native American Studies, Sturgis is the author of two books on presidential policy, as well as The Trail of Tears and Indian Removal (Greenwood, 2006) and Tecumseh: A Biography (Greenwood, 2008). Her articles on Native American subjects have appeared in publications such as The Seventeenth Century and The Freeman, and she has contributed multiple articles on the subject to Reason. Recently, Sturgis was filmed in South Dakota as the expert on Native America for a forthcoming Italian documentary on the American West in myth and reality by Filmaker Productions, and contributed a series of YouTube history films for LearnLiberty.org (2012). A member of the Advisory Board of Mythopoeic Press, two Prometheus Award Committees for the Libertarian Futurist Society, the Liberty and Power Group Blog, and the Mont Pelerin Society, Sturgis lives with her husband, Dr. Larry M. Hall, and their Boston terrier, Virginia, in the wooded hills outside of Hickory, North Carolina. Visit her official website at amyhsturgis.com.


Brandon Turner

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Brandon Turner (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clemson University.  His research focuses on early modern Anglophonic political thought, particularly the history of liberalism and commercial society.  His work appears in The Review of Politics, Polity, Political Theory, and elsewhere, and he is currently finishing manuscripts titled Antagonism in the Liberal Tradition and Classical Liberalism: A Short History.  He is currently on leave from Clemson for the 2012-13 academic year, during which he is serving as Visiting Fellow in the Political Theory Institute (School of Public Affairs) at American University.


Radley Balko

Radley Balko is a senior writer and investigative reporter for the Huffington Post, where he covers civil liberties and the criminal justice system. He also writes about music and culture in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives. He’s originally from Greenfield, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University in 1997 with a BA in journalism and political science. Balko is a former senior editor for Reason magazine, where his weekly column and investigative features were finalists for and won a number of journalism awards. His 2009 investigative report on expert witness fraud in a Louisiana death penalty case won the Western Publication Association’s “Maggie Award” for reporting. In 2011 The Week named Balko a finalist for “Opinion Columnist of the Year,” and the L.A. Press Club named him Journalist of the Year for small publications, as well as Journalist of the Year overall. Balko’s work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court (Hudson v. Michigan), and cited and excerpted by the Mississippi State Supreme Court (Mississippi v. Edmonds). His reporting on the Cory Maye case, in which Maye mistakenly killed a police officer in a mistaken drug raid, helped Maye get off death row and win a new trial. Maye was finally released in July 2011. His extensive reporting on controversial Mississippi medical examiner Steven Hayne helped win a new trial and an acquittal for a 13-year-old murder suspect Tyler Edmonds, and eventually to Hayne’s termination. His new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, was released in July 2013, and has received praise from the New Yorker, the Economist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Journal of Books, among other places.


Jacob Grier

Jacob Grier is a freelance writer, bartender, cocktail consultant, and magician in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Vanderbilt in 2004 and proceeded into a career brewing espressos and mixing cocktails. After a brief period as Media Manager at the Cato Institute, he returned to bartending. He writes, eats, and drinks a lot. His blog is entitled Liquidity Preference: Cocktails, Commentary, and Conjuring. His articles have appeared in the print or online editions of The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, Reason, The Oregonian, and other publications. He also co-founded the Vanderbilt Torch, the monthly campus publication for libertarian and conservative voices.


John Lachs

John Lachs is the Centennial Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, where he has taught since 1967. Lachs received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1961. His primary focus is on American philosophy and German Idealism, along with research and teaching interests in medical and business ethics. He has written a number of books and countless articles. He served as President of the Metaphysical Society of America in 1997. He is also recognized as an outstanding teacher at Vanderbilt faculty, recently receiving the Graduate Teaching Award (2000) and the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Freshmen Award (1999). He was earlier awarded the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1972). He is one of three professors in Vanderbilt’s history to receive the prestigious Alumni Education Award twice (2013).


Check back soon as we announce more speakers!


Live Musical Performance by Radar vs Wolf

Radar vs Wolf formed in 2009 around the talents of Tom Gorrio (guitar, vocals) and James Bratton (vocals, guitar). They’ve released two EP’s thus far and toured off of them for two years. In the fall of 2011 they decided to settle down in Nashville and hash out a full-length album with producer/drummer Mike Marsh (The Agency, Paper, The Avett Brothers, Dashboard Confessional) and bassist Craig Schlesinger (Paper, The Remedy Session). On July 1, 2013 Radar vs Wolf released their debut full-length record out of The Paper Mill — self titled radarvswolf. Since the album release, college radio stations started adding Radar vs Wolf to their rotations, and they opened for national acts like Matt Pond, Matrimony, and The Tontons.

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