Speaker’s Bureau

Learn the true and valuable Southern Tradition. Hire an Abbeville Institute scholar for your event.

Don Livingston

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Donald W. Livingston is professor philosophy emeritus, Emory University, and president of the Abbeville Institute. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Independent Study Grant and is a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. He is a founder of the Hume Society and co-founded the Adam Smith Society, the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, and the Ciceronian Society. He is on the editorial board of Anamnesis.

He is author of Hume’s Philosophy of Common Life (University of Chicago, 1984) and Philosophical Melancholy and Delirium: Hume’s Pathology of Philosophy (University of Chicago, 1998). He has published over a hundred articles on topics in moral and political philosophy, the Southern Tradition , and American constitutionalism in academic as well as in journals of opinion such as Chronicles, A Magazine of American Culture and Harper’s Magazine, and The Hudson Review. He recently edited and wrote the Introduction for a collection of essays, Rethinking the American Union (Pelican, 2012), and is currently writing a book The Fracture of Lincolnian Americanism: A Philosophical Study.

Possible Lectures

David Hume’s Support for Secession of the American Colonies
The Nature of Modern Ideologies and What is Wrong with Them
The Current Disintegration of American National Identity and How to Understand It
Why the War of 1861-65 was not about Slavery and Why Americans Need to Believe it was
Is State Nullification and Secession Constitutional?
Why Thomas Jefferson Would have been a Confederate


All Expenses. Honorarium to be arranged with speaker. Contact information: m.livingston@abbevilleinstitute.org

Brion McClanahan


Brion McClanahan received a B.A. in History from Salisbury University in 1997 and an M.A. in History from the University of South Carolina in 1999. He finished his Ph.D. in History at the University of South Carolina in 2006, and had the privilege of being Clyde Wilson’s last doctoral student.  He is a board member of the Abbeville Institute and the editor of the Abbeville Review.

He is the author or co-author of four books: The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, (Regnery, 2009), The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution (Regnery History, 2012), Forgotten Conservatives in American History (Pelican, 2012), and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes, (Regnery, 2012).  He is currently writing a book for Regnery on the eight worst and four best presidents in American History according to the Constitution as ratified by the founding generation.  He has written for TheDailyCaller.com, LewRockwell.com, TheTenthAmendmentCenter.com, TheAmericanConservative.com, Townhall.com, and HumanEvents.com. McClanahan is a faculty member at Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom, has appeared on dozens of radio talk shows, and has spoken across the Southeast on the Founding Fathers and the founding principles of the United States, most importantly the Jeffersonian tradition.

Possible Lectures

The Founding Generation
The Original Constitution
Northern Opposition to Mr. Lincoln’s War
Is Secession Legal?
North vs. South: 1775-1861
Best and Worst: American Presidents According to the Original Constitution
Forgotten Conservatives in American History


All Expenses. Honorarium to be arranged with speaker. Contact information: mcclanahan@abbevilleinstitute.org

Marshall Derosa

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Marshall DeRosa is Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. He recieved his Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 1987. He is the author of The Confederate Constitution of 1861: An Inquiry into American Constitutionalism(1991); The Ninth Amendment and the Politics of Creative Jurisprudence: Disparaging the Fundamental Right of Popular Control (1996); Redeeming American Democracy: Lessons from the Confederate Constitution (2007). His most recent book is The Enduring Relevance of Robert E. Lee: The Ideological Warfare Underpinning the American Civil War (2014).

Possible Lectures

High Conflict Issues in American Politics
The War Between the States
The Imperial Presidency
The U.S. Constitution
American Federalism
The American Ruling Class
Principles of 1776 in the 21st Century


Expenses and honorarium are to be arranged with speaker. Contact information: derosa6@comcast.net

Carey Roberts


Dr. Carey M. Roberts is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Department of History. Professor Roberts earned a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He serves on the board of the Abbeville Institute and on the editorial board of Anamnesis:  A Journal for the Study of Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine’ and the online blog, Nomocracy in Politics.  Dr. Roberts writes and speaks widely on early American history, American federalism, and southern culture and history.  His most recent work is Patrick Henry-Onslow Debate: Liberty and Republicanism in American Political Thought, edited with H. Lee Cheek and Sean Busick.

Possible Lectures

The Declaration of Independence as a Conservative Document
Colonial Failure and the Birth of American Freedom
The Brilliance of America’s First Constitution—the Articles of Confederation
Against the States: Entrepreneurship and the Rise of American Capitalism
Federal America and the Future of Freedom
Speaking from the Grave—the Continuing Relevance of Thomas Jefferson
What America Can Still Learn from the South


All expenses and honorarium are to be arranged with speaker. Contact information: cmroberts5@liberty.edu

Lee Cheek

Dr. H. Lee Cheek, Jr., is a Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at East Georgia State College; he is also a Senior Fellow of the Alexander Hamilton Institute. He received his M.Div. from Duke University, his M.P.A. from Western Carolina University, and his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

He has also been a congressional aide and a political consultant. Dr. Cheek’s books include Political Philosophy and Cultural Renewal (Transaction/Rutgers, 2001, with Kathy B. Cheek);Calhoun and Popular Rule, published by the University of Missouri Press (2001; paper edition, 2004); Calhoun: Selected Speeches and Writings (Regnery, 2003); Order and Legitimacy (Transaction/Rutgers, 2004); an edition of Calhoun’s A Disquisition on Government (St. Augustine’s, 2007); a critical edition of W. H. Mallock’s The Limits of Pure Democracy (Transaction/Rutgers, 2007); a monograph on Wesleyan theology (Wesley Studies Society, 2010); an edition of the classic study, A Theory of Public Opinion(Transaction/Rutgers, 2013); Patrick-Henry Onslow Debate: Liberty and Republicanism in American Political Thought (Lexington, 2013); and, The Founding of the American Republic (Bloomsbury, 2014). He has also published dozens of scholarly articles in academic publications, and is a regular commentator on American politics and religion. Dr. Cheek’s current research includes completing an intellectual biography of Francis Graham Wilson (I.S.I. Books), a study of the American Founding (Bloomsbury, 2014), and a book on Patrick Henry’s constitutionalism and political theory.

Possible Lecture Topics

“Can the Growth of Government be Stopped? A Southern View”
“The Southern Constitutional Tradition”
“Can the South Survive?”
“Calhoun and His Critics”
“Alexander Stephens Reconsidered”
“The Scholarly Legacy of Mel Bradford”


All expenses and honorarium are to be arranged with speaker. Contact information: lcheek@ega.edu