Mike S. Adams was born in Columbus, Mississippi on October 30, 1964. While a student at Clear Lake High School in Houston, TX, his team won the state 5A soccer championship. Adams graduated from C.L.H.S. in 1983 with a 1.8 GPA. He was ranked 734 among a class of 740, largely as a result of flunking English all four years of high school.
After obtaining an Associate's degree in psychology from San Jacinto College, Mike Adams moved on to Mississippi State University where he joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity. While living in the fraternity house, his GPA rose to 3.4, allowing him to finish his B.A., and then to pursue a Master's in Psychology. In 1990, Adams turned down a chance to pursue a PhD in psychology from the University of Georgia, opting instead to remain at Mississippi State to study Sociology/Criminology. This decision was made entirely on the basis of his reluctance to quit his night job as member of a musical duo. Playing music in bars and at fraternity parties and weddings financed his education. He also played for free beer.
Upon getting his doctorate in 1993, Mike Adams, then an atheist and a Democrat, was hired by UNC-Wilmington to teach in the criminal justice program. A few years later, Adams abandoned his atheism and also became a Republican. He also nearly abandoned teaching when he took a one-year leave of absence to study law at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1998.
After returning to teach at UNC-Wilmington, Mike Adams won the Faculty Member of the Year award (issued by the Office of the Dean of Students) for the second time in 2000.
After his involvement in a well publicized free speech controversy in the wake of the 911 terror attacks, Mike Adams became a vocal critic of the diversity movement in academia. He has since made appearances on shows like Hannity and Colmes, the O'Reilly Factor, and Glenn Beck. His column on TownHall.com has earned him countless hate mails - often from radical feminists who hate males.
Mike Adams published his first book, Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel, in 2004. His second book, Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts "Womyn" On Campus, was published in 2008. Later that year, Adams joined the faculty of Summit Ministries in Colorado where he spends his summers lecturing against abortion and in favor of First Amendment rights on college campuses.
In addition to lecturing on the First Amendment, Mike Adams is actively involved in legal challenges to campus censorship. Represented by the ADF, he won a landmark First Amendment case before the 4th Circuit in Richmond, VA. Decided in 2011, Adams v UNCW held that professors publishing columns and giving speeches have the full protection of the First Amendment when discussing matters of public concern. Hence, when professors report such activities as part of their annual review, tenure, or promotion materials the university does not have license to discriminate on the basis of the professor's viewpoint.
Cost: $2,000 plus airfare and lodging
Catherine Davis, the Founder and President of The Restoration Project, a pro-family, prolife organization that works to inform, educate and activate concerned citizens on the impact of America’s public policy and culture on Black life and the family. Catherine is a seasoned community activist and human resources professional who has worked in a variety of environments including a Fortune 40 corporation, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and state government. A former candidate for Congress in Georgia’s 4th district, Catherine has worked on a number of political campaigns at the local, state and federal level. She has served as Legislative Director for the Network of Politically Active Christians, and Director of Minority Outreach for Georgia Right to Life. Catherine is a founding core member of the Black Pro-life Coalition who serves on their executive committee. She serves on Care Net Urban’s Life Ambassador Council and Online for Life’s advisory board. Catherine is a Pastor at The Father’s House and is a sought after public speaker that routinely brings new insight from a Biblical world view to issues of the day.
Cost: $500 plus airfare, lodging, and meals
Rebecca Kiessling is a Family Law attorney, adoptee, home school adoptive mother of 5 (three are biological children to her) and delivers a powerful presentation of her own life story, "Conceived in Rape." Additionally, Rebecca was recently featured in Gov Mike Huckabee's film, "The Gift of Live." She's the national spokesperson for Personhood USA, Director of Save The 1, and co-founder of Hope After Rape Conception.
As a family law attorney, Rebecca Kiessling litigated numerous high-profile (pro bono) cases, fighting for women's rights as well as the rights of unborn children. She's appeared on Fox's Huckabee, ABC's Good Morning America, CNN's Piers Morgan (head to head with Gloria Allred,) CNN's Talk Back Live, CBS News, Canada's 100 Huntley Street, EWTN's Defending Life, and EWTN's Life on the Rock. Her story was featured on the program Extra, in Glamour Magazine and in Marie Claire Magazine. She is the "poster child" for Feminists for Life's poster "Did I Deserve the Death Penalty?," and the author of Heritage House '76's pamphlet, "Conceived in Rape: A Story of Hope."
Overcoming the pain of knowing that she was born as a result of a brutal rape, that she was nearly aborted at two back-alley abortionists, and that our nation is filled with people who believe that she was disposable, Rebecca Kiessling has devoted herself to fighting for the rights of the innocent unborn and to raising her 5 children to know their own value, identity and purpose in Christ.
As a speaker, Rebecca travels throughout North America and Europe, speaking roughly 75 times per year, for crisis pregnancy centers, right to life and adoption banquets, fundraisers, and rallies, evangelical and Catholic churches, retreats, school assemblies, youth events, colleges, law schools, medical schools, attorney seminars, and women's conferences. During his presidential campaign, Rebecca changed the heart of Gov. Rick Perry on the rape exception, demonstrating that if you can change the heart of a governor, during a presidential campaign, you can change the heart of anyone!
Cost: $600 plus airfare, lodging, and meals
Star Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank which promotes market based public policy to fight poverty.
Before involvement in social activism, Star Parker had seven years of first-hand experience in the grip of welfare dependency. Now, as a social policy consultant, Star is bringing new energy to policy discussions on how to transition America's poor from government dependency.
She is a sought after expert on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and for national radio, television, and print interviews, nationwide.
Star has a BS degree in Marketing and Business from Woodbury University and has received numerous awards and commendations for her work on public policy issues. She consults with Republican legislators on numerous urban issues, has lectured on anti-poverty initiatives at more than 180 colleges and universities and serves on the advisory boards for several national organizations.
Star Parker's personal transformation from welfare dependent to conservative crusader has been chronicled by ABC's 20/20; Rush Limbaugh; Readers Digest; James Dobson; The 700 Club; Dr. George Grant; Christianity Today; James Robison; Newsmax, Charisma, and World Magazine.
Other major accomplishments include speaking at the 1996 Republican National Convention, and hosting a documentary on poverty with the BBC in London.
She has debated Jesse Jackson on various headline issues; she fought for school choice onLarry King Live; she defended welfare reform on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and she debated healthcare reform against Michael Moore on ABC's The View with host Barbara Walters.
Currently, Star is a regular commentator on CNN, TBN, CSPAN, CBN, and FOX News. Articles and quotes by Star continuously appear in major publications around the world. She has written several books including Uncle Sam's Plantation and White Ghetto. Currently, Star is working on her next book: How the Poor Get Rich.
In 2010, she ran for the Republican Congressional seat in California's 37th District and was unanimously nominated. Though she did not win the seat, she more than doubled Republican votes in the district.
Today, in addition to heading CURE, Star is a syndicated columnist for Scripps News Service, offering weekly op-eds to more than 300 newspapers and internet news sites worldwide, including the Boston Herald, the Dallas Morning News, the Orange County Register, the Korean Times, the Washington Examiner, and the Star and Stripes, which is the largest newspaper serving the men and women of our Armed Forces stateside and abroad.
Cost: $3,000 - $5,000
Fr. Frank Pavone is one of the most prominent prolife leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor. He is a priest of the Amarillo Diocese and serves fulltime in prolife leadership with his bishop’s permission.
In 1993 he became National Director of Priests for Life. He is also the President of the National Prolife Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion. He travels throughout the country, to an average of four states every week, preaching and teaching against abortion. He produces programs regularly for religious and secular radio and television networks. He was asked by Mother Teresa to speak in India on the life issues, and has addressed the prolife caucus of the United States House of Representatives. The Vatican appointed him to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which coordinates the prolife activities of the Catholic Church. He also serves as a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life. He was present at the bedside of Terri Schiavo as she was dying and was an outspoken advocate for her life.
He was invited by members of the Class of 2009 at Notre Dame to lead an alternate commencement ceremony for those students who refused to attend the ceremony in which President Obama was honored. Fr. Frank was invited by members of Congress to preach at the prayer service they had in the Capitol just prior to the vote on health care reform. He received the “Proudly Prolife Award” by the National Right to Life Committee, and numerous other prolife awards and honorary doctorates. He is the author of two books, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It, and Prolife Reflections for Every Day. Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade abortion decision, called Fr. Frank “the catalyst that brought me into the Catholic Church.”
Dennis Prager is one of America's most respected radio talk show hosts. He has been broadcasting on radio in Los Angeles since 1982. His popular show became nationally syndicated in 1999 and airs live, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to Noon (Pacific Time) from his home station, KRLA. Widely sought after by television shows for his opinions, he's appeared on Larry King Live, Hardball, Hannity & Colmes, CBS Evening News, The Today Show and many others.
Cost: $13,000 plus lodging and car rental