Teacher Institute:
The American Political Tradition

Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Charles Shober

A yearlong professional development program for middle and high school educators. 

This June, the Jack Miller Center will begin a yearlong program for a select group of teachers on the American Political Tradition. The summer sessions will take place at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida. The institute will feature five leading scholars from the JMC network and include sessions on natural rights, the Constitution, religion, race, and America in the world.

Following the in-person program, participants will continue meeting with these scholars at six virtual sessions throughout the 2022-23 academic year. In addition to in-depth discussions of primary texts, teachers will develop lesson plans and curricular materials for the classroom.

The institute is entirely cost-free for teachers.        All meals and on-campus lodging will be provided. Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend.

If you have any questions about this program, contact Lauren Altobelli at laltobelli@gojmc.org. 


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The American Political Tradition

Monday, June 27: Natural Rights and the Declaration of Independence

Tuesday, June 28: Principles of the Constitution

Wednesday, June 29: Religion in the Public Square

Thursday, June 30: Race, Slavery, and the Constitution

Friday, July 1: America and the World


Scholars and session titles will be updated as details are finalized.

Virtual sessions will be held once a month on Saturday mornings in September, October, November, January, February, and April.

The reading packet is available here.

Meet the Scholars


Jeremy Mhire
Associate Professor of Political Science
Louisiana Tech University

His research interests include political philosophy and theory, classical and modern republicanism, and the history of the concept of natural rights.


Daniel DiSalvo

Daniel DiSalvo
Professor and Chair, Political Science
The City College of New York

His scholarship focuses on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government, and public policy.


James Patterson
Associate Professor and Chair, Politics
Ave Maria University

His scholarship focuses on religion in American politics, American government and political thought, political parties, and media and politics.


Lynn Uzzell
Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics
Washington and Lee University

Her academic interests include the political thought of James Madison, the American Founding, American slavery, and ancient political philosophy.


Alberto Coll
Vincent de Paul Professor of Law
DePaul College of Law

After a long career in public service, he now teaches courses on international law, U.S. foreign relations, terrorism, international trade, and Latin America.



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