2014 Liberty and the Western Tradition
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Limited to 15 participants.
The American political order has been described as the tale of five cities–Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London and Philadelphia. The American Founding generation was steeped in the history of the quest for political order and liberty through the western experience. Those who went to college in the colonies knew how to translate the Bible and writings of men like Cicero and Virgil from their native Greek or Latin into English before they even matriculated. Many of them took classical pen names like "Publius," "Cato" and "Brutus" in their fight over the Constitution; their writings are full of allusions to the history of the classical world and of British political experience.
This week-long seminar will help teachers explore some of the major authors and ideas that influenced the American Founding generation and informed our constitutional order. Participants will read and discuss the writings of important authors from Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero to Adam Smith, Thomas Paine and James Madison.
Kentucky social studies teachers grades 5-12 are eligible to apply; limited to 15. Extensive pre-reading required.
- round trip airfare to Annapolis, Maryland
- double-room accommodations
- all meals during the conference
- all conference readings and other educational resources
- all transportation and admission fees associated with group travel during the conference