I’ll be moderating a panel on social decadence at this years H.L. Mencken Club conference. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Richard Spencer’s defense of decadence.
The Sixth Annual H.L. Mencken Club Conference
November 1-3, 2013
Friday, November 1
5:00-7:00 PM – Registration
7:00-10:00 PM – Banquet
Introduction – Richard Spencer
Presidential Address – Paul Gottfried
Life on the Traditionalist Fringe – Tito Perdue
Saturday, November 2nd
9:00-10:15 AM – Panel 1: Decadence and the Family
Moderator: Byron Roth
Dysgenics and Genetic Decline – Henry Harpending
The War on Masculinity and the Traditional Family – Steven Baskerville
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM – Panel 2: Social Decadence
Moderator: Keith Preston
The “Inclusion” Obsession – James Kalb
In Defense of Decadence – Richard Spencer
An Introduction to Decadence – Thomas Bertonneau
12:30-2:00 PM – Lunch
The Normalization of Perversity – Special Guest
2:30-4:00 PM – Panel 3: Political Decadence
Moderator: Robert Weissberg
Decadence and Democracy – Michael Hart
The End of Citizenship – Carl Horowitz
Politics and Intelligence – John Derbyshire
7:00-10:00 PM – Banquet: Thrown off the Bus
William Regnery, John Derbyshire, Paul Gottfried, Robert Weissberg
Saturday, November 3rd
9:00-11:00 AM – Breakfast for H.L. Mencken Club Members Only
Stephen Baskerville is Associate Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College and Research Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society, the Independent Institute, and the Inter-American Institute. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and has taught political science and international affairs at Howard University, Palacky University in the Czech Republic, and most recently as a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Russian National University for the Humanities. More recently, he has turned his full attention to the politics of the family in global perspective, and his most recenty book is Taken Into Custody: The War against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family (Cumberland House, 2007).
Thomas Bertonneau, visiting Professor of English at the State University of New York College, Oswego, New York. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. He has contributed to numerous journals and websites including Alternative Right, and is co-author of The Truth Is Out There: Christian Faith and the Classics of TV Science Fiction.
John Derbyshire is a mathematician and cultural commentator. He is the author of several other books including Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics (2003). He writes for VDare.com and TakiMag.com.
Paul Gottfried is the President and Co-founder of the H.L. Mencken Club, and the author of nine books including Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America (2012)
Henry Harpending is distinguished professor of anthropology and Thomas Chair at the University of Utah, and co-author of the book The 10,000 Year Explosion (2009). Together with Gregory Cochran, he contributes to the blog “West Hunter“.
Michael Hart is the author of three books on history, various scientific papers, and controversial articles on various other subjects. His best known book is The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History. His most recent book is The Newon Awards: A History of Genius in Science and Technology , published this year by Washington Summit Publishers.
Carl F. Horowitz is affiliated with the National Legal and Policy Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in public life. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning, and specializes in labor, immigration and housing policy issues. Previously, he had been Washington correspondent with Investor’s Business Daily, housing and urban affairs policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation, and assistant professor of urban and regional planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Jim Kalb is a lawyer (J.D., Yale Law School) and author, The Tyranny of Liberalism: Understanding and Overcoming Administered Freedom, Inquisatorial Tolerance, and Equality by Command (2008). His latest book is Against Inclusiveness: How the Diversity Regime Is Flattening America and the West and What to Do about It .
Tito Perdue is the author of several works of fiction. He has been dubbed “one of the most important contemporary Southern writers” by the New York Press, and his iconic character Lee Pefley has been called “a reactionary snob” by Publisher’s Weekly.
Keith Preston is the chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com. He was awarded the 2008 Chris R. Tame Memorial Prize by the United Kingdom’s Libertarian Alliance for his essay, “Free Enterprise: The Antidote to Corporate Plutocracy.”
William Regnery is the founder of the Charles Martel society, publisher of The Occidental Quarterly and a past chairman of the National Policy Institute, which he co-founded with Sam Francis.
Byron Roth is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Dowling College and is author, most recently, of The Perils of Diversity: Immigration and Human Nature. His work has appeared in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Public Interest, Academic Questions, and Encounter. His books include, Decision Making: Its Logic and Practice, co-authored with John D. Mullen and Prescription for Failure: Race Relations in the Age of Social Science.
Richard Spencer is a former assistant editor at The American Conservative and Executive Editor at Taki’s Magazine (takimag.com); he was the founder and Editor of AlternativeRight.com (2010-2012). Currently, he is President and Director of the National Policy Institute and Washington Summit Publishing and Editor of Radix Journal.
Robert Weissberg is author of Pernicious Tolerance and other books including Bad Students, not Bad Schools (2012). He is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Illinois