McDonald Center to host lecture by Dr. Alexander Duff

Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles of Mercer University will be Drs. Alexander Duff, assistant professor of political science at the University of North Texas, for a guest lecture on February 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room, welcoming the Macon campus.

dr Duff’s talk is entitled “Abraham Lincoln and the Rule of Law”.

“We are excited to start this semester’s speaker series with a great young scientist, Dr. Alexander Duff,” said Dr. Will Jordan, professor of political science and co-director of the McDonald Center. “The subject of the lecture is particularly timely now that the rule of law appears to be more at risk than at any time since perhaps Lincoln’s own days. This talk should be a great way to demonstrate the Center’s commitment to seeing what the wisdom of the past can contribute to the problems of today.”

During his time at Mercer, Dr. Duff’s American Founding Principles class from Associate Professor Dr. Teaching Kevin Honeycutt.

dr Duff is an accomplished scholar of contemporary political thought. He is the author of Heidegger and Politics: The Ontology of Radical Dissatisfaction, in which he explains the confusing and diverse political influence of the philosopher Martin Heidegger. He has also published journal articles and book chapters on Heidegger and the philosophers Alasdair MacIntyre, Leo Strauss and Niccolò Machiavelli.

dr Duff holds a master’s degree in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the American Political Science Association.

About the Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles

The Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles complements Mercer University’s excellent liberal arts program with a redoubled commitment to the fundamental texts and ideas that shaped Western civilization and the American political order. This focus on the core texts of the Western tradition helps revitalize a century-spanning dialogue on citizenship, human rights, and political, economic, and religious freedom, thereby deepening moral imagination and promoting civic and cultural education.

The McDonald Center’s program includes the annual AV Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas, reading groups for faculty students, a general education course on America’s founding principles, summer programs for great books for teachers and high school students, and research grants for undergraduates. All programs are designed to reinforce Mercer’s longstanding role as a distinctive home for liberal learning, a place where serious students live the life of the spirit and become more thoughtful and engaged citizens. For more information, see

About Mercer University

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center for undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. With approximately 9,000 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges on major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; Medical school locations in Macon, Savannah and Columbus; and at regional academic centers in Henry and Douglas counties, Mercer is ranked among the top national research universities by US News & World Report. The Mercer Health Sciences Center includes the university’s School of Medicine and colleges of nursing, health professions and pharmacy. Mercer is affiliated with five teaching hospitals – Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center and Piedmont Macon Medical Center in Macon; Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah; and Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital and St. Francis-Emory Healthcare in Columbus. The university also has an educational partnership with Robins Air Force Base at Warner Robins. It operates an academic press and performing arts center in Macon, a technical research center in Warner Robins and Mercer Medicine clinics in Sumter, Peach, Clay and Putnam counties. Mercer is one of only 293 institutions nationwide to host a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honors society; one of eight institutions that are members of the Georgia Research Alliance; and the only private university in Georgia to offer an NCAA Division I athletic program. Visit for more information.

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