James Madison Program: Summer Seminars

Princeton University

James Madison Program: Summer Seminars


The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions is now accepting applications for its second summer of seminars.

The first, Moral Foundations of the American Constitutional Order, is for postdocs and advanced doctoral students interested in the American founding.  This seminar, held June 9-15 on the Princeton campus, is a week-long exploration of major schools of thought in the study of the American founding, covering themes of constitutionalism, republicanism, liberalism, and the role of religion in the founding.  It features guest faculty from the Hudson Institute, Clemson University, American University, and George Fox University, and is led by Drs. Bradford Wilson and Matthew Franck, executive director and associate director of the Madison Program.

The second seminar is Principles of American Politics, for upper-level high school students and rising college freshmen.  It will be held on the Princeton campus July 7-13 and will explore primary documents in American politics, organized around the interplay of the ideas of equality and liberty.  The core faculty come to us from Arizona State University and Converse College and work under the direction of Drs. Wilson and Franck of the Madison Program.  This is a great opportunity for young people to do college-level work on key issues of American political life.

The application deadline is February 15, 2019 for both seminars.  We understand some of you are just hearing of these opportunities; therefore, late applications will be considered.

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The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University is dedicated to exploring enduring questions of American constitutional law and Western political thought. The Program is also devoted to examining the application of basic legal and ethical principles to contemporary problems. It awards visiting fellowships and postdoctoral appointments each year to support scholars conducting research in the fields of constitutional law and political thought. The Program supports the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars, and promotes civic education by its sponsorship of conferences, lectures, seminars, and colloquia. The success of the James Madison Program depends on the support of foundations and private individuals who share its commitment in advancing the understanding and appreciation of American ideals and institutions.

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