John Dickinson Forum: Did America Have a Founding?

Adoption of the Constitution

John Dickinson Forum: “Did America Have a Founding?: Reflections on When America Began and Who Founded It”


On January 30, 2020, the John Dickinson Forum at George Fox University, a JMC partner program, will host Jeffrey Polet to speak on the concept of the American founding and how it relates to present ideas:

The publication of the New York Times“Project 1619” reinvigorated the question of when America began and the meaning of such inquiry. How we understand America’s origins relates to how we understand our present. But what if America was never really “founded?” I’ll explain what a founding entails, how it might apply in the American context, and why the idea of a founding matters.

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:00 PM
Hoover Building, Room 102 • George Fox University

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Jeffrey Polet is a Professor of Political Science at Hope College in Holland, MI. He is the author of works in American political thought, contemporary European political thought, religion and politics, and constitutional law. Professor Polet helps direct the academic program for The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, and he recently served as editor of the website, Front Porch Republic. On the publishing side of late, he co-edited, with David K. Ryden, Documents Decoded: Church and State in America from ABC-CLIO.

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The mission of the John Dickinson Forum for the Study of America’s Founding Principles, a JMC partner program, is to promote thoughtful study, discussion, and debate about America’s founding principles. It hopes to encourage conversations about whether or how these principles are relevant today. The Forum supports a variety of activities including lectures, book/current event discussion groups, and debates. It also partners with other institutions to make programming available to students at other schools and to the general public throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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This event is supported by Jack Miller Center’s Pacific Northwest Initiative: Advancing Education in America’s Founding Principles and History. Thanks to the generous grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, JMC is working with faculty to organize exciting campus events in the region. The Initiative also provides programs, conferences and other opportunities for professors in the PNW—all to help them make a difference in the education of their students.



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