Summer Programs

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The James Madison Seminar on the Principles of American Politics

Dates: June 20-24, 2022

This seminar for upper-level high-school students and rising college freshmen will be taught as a one-week seminar. Participants will study the fundamental questions of equality and liberty in American political life. What have Americans meant by these principles from the founding to the present? What is their relationship with one another, with political power, with law, and with the private sphere of civil society? Are they in tension or in harmony? Readings will be in primary sources including The Federalist and Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, as well as other basic texts from American history.

Given current university policies, this seminar will be held virtually on Zoom. If university policy changes and we are able to host students in person, we will notify applicants right away. 

Faculty:
S. Adam Seagrave, Associate Professor, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University
Jeffrey J. Poelvoorde, Associate Professor of Politics, Converse College
Bradford P. Wilson, Executive Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University

Program Fee: $100 (includes course materials)

Apply here for the 2022 Summer Seminar on the Principles of American Politics. Applications are due February 20. 


The James Madison Seminar on the Theory and Practice of Statesmanship

Dates: June 27–July 1, 2022

This one-week online seminar for college undergraduates will ask a fundamental question lying at the heart of politics and public life: What is statesmanship? From that, we will explore statesmanship’s defining qualities, why we seem to have so little of it in modern times, and whether we can aspire to statesmanship. We will examine four fundamental aspects of statesmanship:  

  1. The identifying characteristics (as opposed to ordinary political life, demagoguery, or tyranny) 
  2. What the classical political writers had to say about statesmanship (Aristotle, Cicero) 
  3. Lived examples: 18th-century (George Washington), 19th-century (Abraham Lincoln), and 20th-century (Winston Churchill, Charles De Gaulle, Konrad Adenauer) 
  4. Statesmanship in the Democratic Context – judicial statesmanship, administrative statesmanship, intellectual statesmanship 

Readings will be in primary sources including Aristotle, Cicero, Plutarch, Washington, Lincoln, Churchill, Weber, and Havel.

Given current university policies, this seminar will be held virtually on Zoom. If university policy changes and we are able to host students in person, we will notify applicants right away. 

Faculty: 
Allen C. Guelzo, Senior Research Scholar and Director of the James Madison Program's Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, Princeton University
Theresa MacArt, Assistant Professor of Politics & Public Service, Holy Cross College
Nathan Pinkoski, Research Fellow and Director of Academic Programs, Zephyr Institute 

Program Fee: $100 (includes course materials)

Apply here for the 2022 Summer Seminar on the Theory and Practice of Statesmanship. Applications are due February 20. 


The James Madison Seminar on the Moral Foundations of Law

Dates: July 25-29, 2022

This one-week online seminar, sponsored for the last dozen years by the Witherspoon Institute, is now sponsored by the James Madison Program. Under the direction of Professor Gerard V. Bradley of Notre Dame Law School, the seminar covers some of the most contested areas of inquiry in legal philosophy today, including legal positivism, practical reason, human good and positive law, morals legislation, pluralism, crime and punishment, property, and rights and duties. The seminar is designed as an intensive weeklong program investigating the relationship between sound norms of critical morality and civil law. Seminar discussions will examine key contemporary legal debates, such as religious freedom and conscience, beginning and end of life issues, and marriage legislation. 

Given current university policies, this seminar will be held virtually on Zoom. If university policy changes and we are able to host students in person, we will notify applicants right away. 

Current law students, graduate students who are studying jurisprudence in related fields (e.g., political science, philosophy), and recent graduates still early in their careers are encouraged to apply.  

Faculty:
Gerard V. Bradley, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
John M. Finnis, Professor Emeritus of Law & Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford; Biolchini Family Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Notre Dame Law School
Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton University
Adam MacLeod, Professor of Law, Jones School of Law, Faulkner University
Grégoire Webber, Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law, Queen's University

Program Fee: $100 (includes course materials)

Apply here for the 2022 Summer Seminar on the Moral Foundations of Law. Applications are due February 20.