The Founders and the Idea of a National University
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
George Thomas, Associate Professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College
A Public Lecture based on Professor Thomas' new book of the same title, available November 2014 from Cambridge University Press.
In his words: It is often forgotten that the leading statesmen and thinkers of the founding generation thought a national university would help preserve and perpetuate the Constitution they set in motion. This talk returns to the Founders’ idea of a national university: What purpose would a national university serve? What might this tell us about the nature of the American constitution? In revisiting the ideas behind the national university we might also consider how educational institutions attend to civic concerns in our own time.
George Thomas is Associate Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College. He previously taught at Williams College. He is the author of The Madisonian Constitution (Johns Hopkins, 2008) as well as numerous articles and essays on American constitutionalism in journals such as American Political Thought, Constitutional Commentary, Perspectives on Politics, Review of Politics, and the American Interest. His newest book, The Founders and the Idea of a National University (Cambridge), will be available in November 2014. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Huntington Library, and he is the recipient of the Alexander George Award from the American Political Science Association. He earned his BA at the University of Utah and his PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.