University of Richmond: James Madison as “Father of the Constitution?”

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Jepson School of Leadership Studies: “James Madison as ‘Father of the Constitution?'”


On May 16-18, 2019, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, a JMC partner program, will be holding its 2019 Marshall Center May Seminar on the topic “James Madison as ‘Father of the Constitution?'” JMC fellow Lynn Uzzell will deliver the keynote address and lead discussion. JMC Board Member James Ceaser and JMC fellows Mara Caden, Kevin Cherry, John Dinan, and Daniel DiSalvo will also be participating.

Thursday, May 16 – Saturday, May 18, 2019 • Keynote Address – Thursday, 4:30 PM
Jepson Hall, Room 118 • University of Richmond

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Lynn UzzellLynn Uzzell is an Adjunct Lecturer in Politics at the University of Virginia and University of Richmond. Her interests include the Framing of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the political thought of James Madison, and political philosophy, especially of that of the Ancients. Her academic pursuits for the past several years have maintained this dual interest in classical political philosophy and the foundational principles of America’s constitutional republic. For four years she was the scholar in residence at the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier. She has also written extensively on James Madison and the Constitution, and is currently working on the first complete and impartial appraisal of James Madison’s Notes of the Constitutional Convention.

Professor Uzzell is a JMC fellow.

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James Ceaser headshotJames Ceaser is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1976. He has written several books on American politics and political thought, including Presidential Selection (Princeton University PRess, 1979), Liberal Democracy and Political Science (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992), and Reconstructing America (Yale University Press, 2000). Professor Ceaser has held visiting professorships at the University of Florence, the University of Basel, Oxford University, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Rennes. He is a frequent contributor to the popular press, and he often comments on American Politics for the Voice of America.

Professor Ceaser is a JMC Board Member.

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Mara CadenMara Caden is a National Endowment for the Humanities Long-Term Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Previously, she was a teaching fellow in Yale University’s Department of History. Currently, she is researching the mint and early economic conditions in New England, and revising her book manuscript, which comes out of her Yale University dissertation, “Mint Conditions: The Politics and Geography of Money in Britain and Its Empire, 1650-1750.”

Caden is a JMC fellow.

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Kevin CherryKevin M. Cherry is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond. He specializes in the political thought of Aristotle and is the author of Plato, Aristotle, and the Purpose of Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Professor Cherry is a JMC fellow.

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John DinanJohn J. Dinan is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at Wake Forest University. His research focuses on state constitutionalism, federalism, and American political development.  He is the author of several books, including State Constitutional Politics: Governing by Amendment in the American States (University of Chicago Press, 2018) and The American State Constitutional Tradition (University Press of Kansas, 2006), and he writes an annual entry on state constitutional developments for The Book of the States.  He is the editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism and is a past chair of the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section of the American Political Science Association.

Professor Dinan is a JMC fellow.

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Daniel DiSalvoDaniel DiSalvo is Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science in the Colin Powell School at the City College of New York–CUNY and a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His scholarship focuses on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government, and public policy. He is the author of Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics, 1868–2010 (Oxford, 2012) and Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences (Oxford, 2015). Professor DiSalvo writes frequently for scholarly and popular publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Affairs, American Interest, The Weekly Standard, and the New York Daily News. He is coeditor of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics.

Professor DiSalvo is a JMC fellow.

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The Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond draws upon the liberal arts to advance the understanding of leadership and the challenges of ethical and effective engagement in society. The study of leadership explores fundamental questions about who we are, how we live together, and how we influence the course of history. It exemplifies the spirit of the liberal arts: to educate people to take an active role in the world. The Jepson School helps students realize their distinctive capacities and apply their learning for the good of society.

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The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship in the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies hosts conferences and speakers to discuss leadership and provide diverse intellectual perspectives. The center is named in honor of Richmond’s famous citizen, John Marshall. Marshall is best known for his long tenure as Chief Justice of the United States from 1801-1835. He also served as United States Secretary of State from 1800-1801 and briefly as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1799-1800. “It is entirely fitting that this program honor the memory of Richmond’s famous citizen, John Marshall,” says Gary L. McDowell, one of the original co-directors of the Marshall Center, “In every role, one sees his firm commitment to responsible decision-making by political leaders that lay at the foundation of his understanding of the rule of law and modern constitutionalism.”

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