FEE has partnered with The Lowndes Foundation and The South Carolina Policy Council to host a one-day Freedom Academy in Greenville, SC, featuring speakers from the Clemson University Institute for the Study of Capitalism.
Local leaders and students will gather on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in Greenville, SC to discuss the foundational principles of freedom.
Speakers include Andrew Bernstein, C. Bradley Thompson, Jack Chambless, Ashley Landess, and Lawrence Reed. 
Registration is free to both students and adults for this event. 
For sponsorship opportunities, please view our Sponsorship Information Packet.
If you want to invite friends, here is a registration form to send them.
Need hotel accomodations? We have a room block reserved: 
Hyatt Regency Greenville
220 N Main St
Greenville, SC 29601.
Rate $139.00. Book by September 15 to get the reduced rate.




9:00 am - Open registration and light continental breakfast served
9:30 am - Welcome from Ashley Landess, President, SCPC; Lawrence Reed, President, FEE; and C. Bradley Thompson, Executive Director, Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism
9:50 am - "Are We Rome?" -- Lawrence Reed
10:30 am - "Why Economic Education is Crucial" -- Jack Chambless
11:15 am - Break
11:30 am - "The Principled Defense of Freedom”  - Brad Thompson
12:15 am - Lunch
1:00 pm - Short videos
1:15 pm - “The freest state in America – what it looks like and how to get there.”  -- Ashley Landess
2:00 pm - "The Moral is the Practical" - Andrew  Bernstein 
2:45 pm - Break
3:00 pm - "Playing hardball - what does winning look like?" – Talbert Black
3:45 pm - Group Q&A session
4:15 pm - Conclusion
Read more about the speakers:

Andrew Bernstein

Professor Bernstein teaches Philosophy at SUNY Purchase, which selected him “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” in 2004.
He is the author of: Capitalist Solutions: A Philosophy of American Moral Dilemmas (2011), The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic, and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire (2005); Objectivism in One Lesson: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (2008); and Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights (2010).
His op-ed essays have been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, Capitalism Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Constitution, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Daily News, The Houston Chronicle and many others.
Dr. Bernstein lectures regularly at American universities, speaking on a broad range of intellectual topics. He has given addresses at: Harvard University, Stanford University, the United States Military Academy at West Point, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin, Carnegie-Mellon University, Columbia University, and many others.

Talbert Black

Talbert Black is an 8th generation South Carolinian, Clemson grad, Electrical Engineer, homeschooling father of 3, grandfather of one... and a volunteer political activist in his spare time.  He is the State Coordinator of Campaign for Liberty, a non-profit, non-partisan, grass roots organization that advocates for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free market policy.  He founded Palmetto Liberty, a state political action committee.  He is the legislative adviser for Palmetto Gun Rights.  He enjoys working with many grass roots groups across the state to restore freedom and liberty to South Carolina.


Jack A. Chambless

Jack A. Chambless is a professor of economics at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida where he served as the Patricia Whalen Chair in Social Science in 1999 and 2004. In addition to teaching Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics he has also taught honors courses in economics and special topics courses entitled “Biological Economics” and “Oil, Economics and Terrorism.”

He is a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed page of The Orlando Sentinel and has had his work published in The Wall Street Journal, The University of Miami Law Review, The Public Utilities Fortnightly, Orlando Magazine and many other domestic publications. His research has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Reason Magazine, The Foreign Press Review, The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, The Detroit News, The British Caledonian Press and many other foreign and domestic publications.


Ashley Landess

Ashley Landess was born in Spartanburg, S.C. She has also lived in Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. She has a journalism degree from the University of North Texas. Her twenty-year career in communications includes public policy work as well as consulting for private businesses and charitable organizations. Ashley has been President of the South Carolina Policy Council since January 2008. Prior to assuming this position she previously served as its Vice President for Public Affairs from 1998 to 2008.





Lawrence W. Reed

Lawrence W. ReedLawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008. Prior to that, he was a founder and president for twenty years of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught Economics full-time and chaired the Department of Economics at Northwood University in Michigan from 1977 to 1984.

He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in History from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (Public Administration—1993) and Northwood University (Laws—2008).

A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or co-authored five books, the most recent ones being “A Republic—If We Can Keep It” and “Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty.” He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.

Reed has delivered at least 75 speeches annually in the past 30 years—in virtually every state and dozens of countries from Bulgaria to China to Bolivia. His best-known lectures include “Seven Principles of Sound Policy” and “Great Myths of the Great Depression”—both of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and distributed worldwide.

His interests in political and economic affairs have taken him as a freelance journalist to 81 countries on six continents. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world. He served for 15 years as a member of the board (and one term as president) of the State Policy Network. His numerous recognitions include the “Champion of Freedom” award from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the “Distinguished Alumni” award from Grove City College.

He is a native of Pennsylvania and a 30-year resident of Michigan, and now resides in Newnan, Georgia.


C. Bradley Thompson

Professor C. Bradley Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He has also been a visiting fellow at Princeton and Harvard universities and at the University of London.

Hyatt Regency Greenville Regency Ballroom AB 220 North Main Street Greenville, SC 29601

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