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The James Madison Seminar on the Moral Foundations of the American Constitutional Order

June 9-15, 2019 on the Princeton University campus

This one-week residential seminar for postdoctoral and advanced graduate students in American political thought and political theory will examine major interpretations of the founding, with a view to understanding the American constitutional order’s elements of republicanism, liberalism, natural law and natural rights, the common law, and Christianity.  Is there a coherent moral teaching that underlies the American regime from its inception? If so, what is it? If not, what then? And how do these questions bear on the development and future of American politics? In addition to the core faculty, several guest faculty will join the seminar during the week’s sessions.

Applicants must demonstrate familiarity with core texts in the American founding.

Core Faculty:
Bradford P. Wilson, Executive Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Matthew J. Franck, Associate Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
 
Guest Faculty:
C. Bradley Thompson, BB&T Research Professor of Political Science, Clemson University
William A. Schambra, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Thomas W. Merrill, Associate Professor of Government, American University
Mark David Hall, Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics, George Fox University

Cosponsored by the Witherspoon Institute
Program Fee: $250; includes meals, campus accommodations, and course materials
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

Late applications will be considered if received by February 21. 

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The James Madison Seminar on the Principles of American Politics

July 7-13, 2019 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.

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
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, 2019 

Late applications will be considered if received by February 21. 

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