National Programs

Reaching beyond campus borders to provide resources and support for our national community of professors and educators



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 over 900 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.


The JMC Annual National Summit on Higher Education brings together scholars, campus administrators, public and private foundation leaders, 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.

These events spark enthusiastic discussions on such themes as collaborating with independent research libraries for scholarly study, securing public and private foundation support, and fostering partnerships across university disciplines to reach a larger student population.


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.

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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.

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