Institutions of Liberty

(March 7-10, 2013) — A four-day conference to Baltimore, Md., co-sponsored by the McConnell Center and Liberty Fund, Inc.
When Mar 07, 2013 12:00 AM to
Mar 10, 2013 12:00 AM
Where Baltimore, Maryland
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-8811
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This conference explores Alexander Hamilton's claim (as Publius) in Federalist No. 84 that the Constitution ensures liberty by functioning as a bill of rights and, therefore, has no need for a bill of particulars. Readings and discussions will examine the impact of constitutional institutions on American liberty, and particular attention will be focused on the doctrines of federalism, the separation of powers and the theories of representation embodied in the Congress and the executive branch as the prime mechanisms for the protection of liberty. Readings will come primarily from The Federalist and selections from a number of Anti-Federalist writings.

Kentucky social studies teachers grades 5-12 are eligible to apply; limited to 15. Preference will be given to teachers who have not participated in a McConnell Center professional development opportunity. Extensive pre-reading required.

Conference Topics

  • The Structure of Government as a Bill of Rights
  • Federalism
  • Interests, Institutions and the Separation of Powers
  • Congress, Representation and the Needs of Republicanism
  • Executive Power and the Regime of Liberty
  • The Judiciary and the Written Constitution

Covered Expenses

  • round trip airfare to Baltimore, 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

Conference Discussion Leader

  • Michael Federici, PhD, is a political science professor at Mercyhurst College where he serves as department chair.