George Washington and U.S. Foreign Policy

An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom

February 22, 2012
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William B. AllenEmeritus Professor of Political Philosophy, Department of Political Science, Emeritus Dean, James Madison College, Michigan State University
Author of Rethinking Uncle Tom: The Political Thought of Harriet Beecher Stowe and George Washington: America's First Progressive, and Editor of George Washington: A Collection

James Madison Program Annual Black History Month Event

Professor Allen’s lecture will review how aspects of Washington’s personal faith are essential to understanding his approach to foreign policy.  Washington discerned moral goods and moral imperatives, and was responsive to them, but he was no simplistic foreign policy moralist.  His beliefs were manifest in efforts to strengthen the nation, not just in terms of enumerated constitutional powers, but also in broader political, economic, and moral terms.

William B. Allen is Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science and Emeritus Dean, James Madison College at Michigan State University. In 2008-2009, Professor Allen was Visiting Senior Scholar in the Matthew J. Ryan Center at Villanova University. He was the 2006 - 2007 Ann & Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He also served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. His areas of expertise include the American founding and American constitutionalism, including their philosophical roots; the history, importance, and problems of liberal arts education; and the intersection of race and politics. Among his many books are George Washington: A Collection (Liberty Press), George Washington: America’s First Progressive (2008), Rethinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe (2009), and The Personal and the Political: Three Fables by Montesquieu (2008). Professor Allen received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School.


George Washington and U.S. Foreign Policy


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Cosponsored by:

  • The Center for African American Studies