Where the Founding Civics Initiative Began

Founding Civics in Chicago

Chicago will always hold a special place in the Founding Civics Initiative. A generous lead gift from Harvey L. Miller allowed us to pilot our first regional effort there beginning in 2016.


Through a combination of graduate courses, summer seminars, and one-day events, our programs are leading to stronger civics instruction in the region. In just three years, surveys of all Chicago-area government teachers found that their use of Abraham Lincoln’s writings had increased by 46%, the Federalist Papers by 17%, and other writings by the Founders by 25%.


Since 2016, JMC has sponsored more than 35 seminars and graduate courses for teachers led by 45+ professors from our network. Nearly 300 teachers have participated in our Chicago programs.

Program Sponsors

Brinson Foundation

Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation

Mr. John Lillard

Northern Trust Charitable Trust



Questions? Please email Lauren Altobelli at


Programs in Chicago

Upcoming Opportunities

Lake Forest College Graduate Courses

Summer 2024: American Foreign Policy: The Currents of Isolationism


University of Chicago Graham School Graduate Courses

June 17-28: E Pluribus Unum?: Civic Education for a Partisan Age


Want to learn more about upcoming Chicago programs? Email Lauren Altobelli at

Faculty Partners in Chicago

Professor of Politics and Government
North Park University
Associate Dean for Liberal Arts Programs
University of Chicago Graham School
Vincent de Paul Professor of Law
DePaul College of Law
Professor of Philosophy
Roosevelt University
Associate Professor of Political Science
Chair of Legal Studies
Chair of Politics
Lake Forest College
Associate Professor of Political Philosophy
Northern Illinois University
Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Co-Director, Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
Roosevelt University
Professor of Philosophy
Roosevelt University
Dr. Catherine Sardo Weidner
Senior Lecturer in History
Lake Forest College
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