March 14, 2008
Sam Clovis Jr., professor and chair of business administration and economics at Morningside College, will discuss “Contemporary American Conservative Thought” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the UPS Auditorium of Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by the Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
The event will include a 30-40 minute presentation and then an interactive question and answer session. Clovis said the topic of the program is appropriate given today’s political climate, where there is a great deal of misunderstanding about what true conservatism is.
“The foundation of conservatism is really quite straightforward,” Clovis said. “We, as citizens, cede some of our individual liberty to partake in a social contract with other citizens. We have a trust to maintain based on individual accountability, responsibility for behavior and consequences, and not engaging in behavior that puts a burden on the societal arrangement.”
Clovis began teaching at Morningside College in 2005. He came to Morningside from Arlington, Va., where he served as senior researcher for the Homeland Security Institute. Clovis has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, serving various roles for the U.S. military, the RAND Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, among others. He also served as an assistant professor of business at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, as well as dean of the College for Working Adults and founding dean of the College of Business and Management Science. He remains a fellow with the Homeland Security Institute.
Clovis holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, a master’s degree in business from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Calif., and a doctorate in public administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.