Summer Programs

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Applications for 2020 Summer Programs will be available in January 2020.

The James Madison Seminar on the Principles of American Politics

June 21-27, 2020 on the Princeton University campus

This one-week residential seminar for upper-level high-school students and rising college freshmen 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.

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
Matthew J. Franck, Associate Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University

Cosponsored by the Witherspoon Institute
Program Fee: $250; includes meals, campus accommodations, and course materials
Application Deadline: February 15, 2020