Lee Trepanier

The Customer is Always Right
By Lee Trepanier on January 26, 2011

I can’t recall from where, but recently I read somewhere that students deserve at least a C because they are consumers in the business of higher education. Now I suspect most of you may recoil in horror at this idea, as I initially did, but after some thought, I wonder whether this isn’t such a terrible idea. To some extent, we already do this in the admission process, with the prestigious universities guaranteeing admission to those who can afford generous contributions to their endowments. Why not extend this same principle in the classroom?


Citizenship in America: From the Founding to Today
By Lee Trepanier on November 15, 2010

At the Lehrman American Studies Center Regional Seminar at Harvard, we explored and discussed the nature of citizenship in the United States from its origins to today. Heather Cox Richardson presented a lecture on the changing role of citizenship during Reconstruction and Joe Fornieri talked about Liincoln's defense of black citizenship as a prelude to civil rights. There also was a discussion about how to teach citizenship in the classroom today. Some of the problems of teaching citizenship in the classroom were the rise of service learning and assessment as well as the presenting citizenship as civics in the educational system. The seminar itself was a terrific experience: I learned a great deal and I'm looking forward to more in the future!


Statesmanship and the Constitution
By Lee Trepanier on November 10, 2010

At the Lehrman American Studies Center Regional Seminar at Amherst, we talked about the role of statesmanship and the Constitution. Hadley Arkes talked about the importance of first principles in the Constitution, while George Nash discussed the education of the Founders. We concluded with a discussion of how to teach statesmanship and the Constiution in the classroom. One of the questions that was raised by one of the participants and that was unresolved was the relationship between first principles and the text of the Constitution. Does the importance of first principles make the text of the Constitution itself irrelevant? If not, then what role does the text have in the Constitution?


Regional Seminars on the American Founding
By Lee Trepanier on November 08, 2010

I participated at the one-day Lehrman American Studies Center Regional Seminar at Yale University about “The Founding and Re-Founding” of America


The Liberal Arts: Method or Content?
By Lee Trepanier on October 27, 2010

Do we profess a certain mode of inquiry and discovery or do we profess a certain philosophical (and maybe even theological) commitment?


The Types of Primary Texts
By Lee Trepanier on June 09, 2010

Primary texts were used for centuries in classrooms and tutorials; they must do something right!


Is Tenure Still a Good Idea?
By Lee Trepanier on February 17, 2010

The recent shooting at the University of Alabama at Huntsville has raised the issues of workplace promotion and campus safety in the media, but what seems to be have neglected is whether tenure is still a relevant for today’s university.


Concluding Thoughts on the APSA's Teaching and Learning Conference
By Lee Trepanier on February 08, 2010

The APSA's Teaching and Learning Conference concluded yesterday with a wrap-up session on our track, Internationalizing the Curriculum. It was my first time to this conference, so I have nothing to compare with, but I thought our paper and its position - the importance of understanding international politics through the lens of the American regime - was a much needed one.


An Interview with George H. Nash
By Lee Trepanier on January 27, 2010
George Nash

This winter, George H. Nash, an authority on the life of President Herbert Hoover and author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 and Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism, agreed to allow me to interview him.  Dr. Nash is an independent scholar, historian, and lecturer, with specialties in twentieth century American political and intellectual history.   He is a senior fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in Mecosta, Michigan, and guest lecturer at the Lehrman American Studies Center's summer institute at Princeton University.

Read the interview.


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Lee Trepanier
Lee Trepanier

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Saginaw Valley State University. I teach courses in political philosophy as well as the Introduction to Political Science course. I received my B.A. in Political Science and English Literature with a Minor in Russian Studies at Marquette University and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Louisiana State University. My research interests are in Russian politics; politics and religion; politics, literature, and film; and political philosophy with a focus on the works of Eric Voegelin.