Scott McAfee, a conservative activist at Emory University, has been hosting conservative speakers through Young America’s Foundation for several years. During his tenure, he has hosted David Horowitz, Jonah Goldberg, and John Stossel just to name a few. Certainly his previous events were successful and drew captivated audiences, yet he always yearned to organize an event that would capture the attention of every student on campus, and, the entire city of Atlanta.
Scott finally achieved the event he dreamed of when he recently hosted Governor Mitt Romney. Scott created a broad base of support by reaching out to other groups and academic departments on campus to make the event move forward including the business school and other student clubs that had an interest in Governor Romney’s message. Scott added to the buzz leading up to the event by recruiting the Governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue to introduce Governor Romney.
More than 1,200 students and community members attended and many had to be turned away. Every news station in Atlanta covered the event as well as the Atlanta Journal Constitution and many other news outlets. Governor Romney in his speech discussed his career in business as well as his latest book. Afterwards, he signed copies of his book for attendees.
This event was part of Young America’s Foundation’s Free Enterprise Lecture Series which introduces students to prominent entrepreneurs and free-enterprise experts.
Other notable lectures held during the month of March include Karl Rove’s address to a packed hall of more than 800 students and community members at Wabash College. Dinesh D’Souza reached a standing-room-only crowd at Wilkes University and Tammy Bruce reached 550 high school students at Flintridge Preparatory School. Chris Horner dispelled the global warming mythology at UNC-Chapel Hill and St. John’s University.