On October 28th and 29th four Belmont Abbey students Elisa Torres, Abigail Thompson, Mary Jacobeen, and Alexis Von Spakovsky, along with Dr. Joseph Wysocki of the Government Department, traveled to Cleveland Tennessee to take part in the “Intercollegiate Symposium on Democracy and Liberalism in America,” at Lee Univesity. At this conference the students engaged in discussion panels dedicated to the thought of Alexis de Tocqueville with students from six colleges and universities. Our students were highly regarded by the faculty who led these seminars. Additionally, Abbey student Elisa Torres gave a presentation to all of the attendees entitled “The Cartesian American Mind,” which examined the influence of the philosophy of René Descartes on the American regime. The paper was very well received. Students also attended a keynote lecture on Alexis de Tocqueville given by Dr. Khalil Habib, the Honors Program Director at Salve Regina University.