Summer Institutes are instrumental to building a nationwide community of scholars committed to expanding student access to courses in America’s founding principles. We began in 2007 with 125 faculty partners and today have developed a network of 1,000+ JMC Fellows on over 300 college campuses across the country.
Led by renowned scholars, Summer Institutes are the entry point into our faculty network. These annual events give promising young scholars the opportunity to enrich their knowledge by reflecting upon and discussing the ideas, issues, and questions from the American past and Western tradition.
Past Summer Institute faculty have included:
The JMC Lincoln Symposium in American Political Thought is an annual workshop that gives professors a rare opportunity to have their written pieces reviewed and discussed by fellow scholars prior to submission for publication.
Held in Portland, the 2021 program was made possible by a generous grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust as part of our Pacific Northwest (PNW) Initiative. Professors from the PNW region along with other scholars from around the country examined each others’ work. Topics ranged from the Federalist and libertarianism to works on particular figures, like Mark Twain, Barry Goldwater, and Martin Luther King Jr.
The Jeffersonian Seminar Series brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines and fields for a two-day colloquium to discuss the ideas and institutions that shaped the American Founding. The goal of JMC’s Jeffersonian Seminar Series is to develop academic communities in specific regions across the country.
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The JMC Annual National Summit on Higher Education brings together scholars, philanthropists, and others from around the country to share ideas on how to build and develop academic centers on campuses focused on advancing education in America’s political thought and history.
The 2019 National Summit focused on the topic “Should America’s Colleges Teach Patriotism?” An all-star panel, moderated by board member Bill Kristol, included Peter Berkowitz (The Hoover Institution), Elizabeth Busch (Christopher Newport University), and Robert Ingram (Ohio University). John Agresto, former President of St. John’s College, gave the keynote address, discussing how patriotism might be understood in a nation founded on individualism and equal rights more than ties of blood, religion, or ethnicity.
June 2016 marked the finale of the Commercial Republic Initiative, JMC’s three-year national interdisciplinary project to enrich teaching and scholarship on campuses from MIT to UCLA.
Made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Commercial Republic Initiative advanced the study of the central ideas of enterprise, commerce, law and science that emerged during the 18th century—ideas that critically influenced the American Founders, shaping their experiment in constitution making.
By congressional mandate, colleges receiving federal funds are required to hold an educational program each year on Constitution Day, September 17. These events are excellent opportunities to engage an entire student body in discussion on the Constitution, but many schools lack the resources to mount a substantive program. As a result of JMC’s Constitution Day Initiative, thousands of students have the opportunity to examine critical and timely constitutional questions with real experts and policy-makers.