USC Upstate’s Wells Fargo Speaker Series welcomes Rhodes scholar Dr. Daniel Dreisbach ’81

February 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm
Daniel Dreisbach '81

Daniel Dreisbach ’81

The University of South Carolina Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics announces that Dr. Daniel Dresibach, a Rhodes scholar and professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs, will be the guest speaker at the Wells Fargo Speaker Series event at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Chapman Cultural Center.

Dreisbach, who received his bachelor’s degree in 1981 from the University of South Carolina Upstate, will speak on “Visualizing Liberty in the New Nation.” His presentation will examine the images and symbols of liberty in late-18th-century political, religious, and popular culture, many of which remain familiar features of 21stYeah-century discussions of freedom and liberty.

Tickets are $5 and include a continental breakfast. USC Upstate students with a university ID are admitted free. Join us for networking and a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by Dreisbach’s presentation at 9 a.m.
Reservations are required; please visit to reserve your seat.

Dreisbach received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. Following law school, he served as a judicial clerk for Circuit Judge Robert F. Chapman of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for two years he practiced public interest law specializing in civil and religious liberties.

His research interests include constitutional law and the intersection of politics, law, and religion in American public life. He has authored or edited eight books, including Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State, Faith and the Founders of the American Republic, and The Sacred Rights of Conscience.

Dreisbach currently serves as a member of the editorial board of Politics and Religion, a Cambridge University Press journal, and a former managing editor of the Journal of Law and Politics. He also has served as a consultant to the Library of Congress for a major exhibit on “Religion and the Founding of the American Republic.”

For additional information, contact Bea Walters Smith, director of development and foundation scholarships, at 864.503.5235 or