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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!

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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?

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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

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The Echo Chamber Syndrome Disarmed
By Gerson Moreno-Riano on October 04, 2010

At the most recent meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Lehrman American Studies Center sponsored two faculty initiatives: a short course and a working group on the topic of statesmanship and democracy.  Both of these efforts are part of a substantive set of initiatives on the part of the Center to reach audiences beyond its traditional constituency.  It is great to report that both efforts were quite successful.

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Book Review of J. Budziszewski's "The Line Through the Heart"
By Steven McGuire on August 19, 2010

In his new book, The Line Through the Heart, Budziszewski attempts to show us how the natural law continues to illuminate the ethical and political dimensions of human existence today despite our best efforts to ignore it.

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Princeton 2010, Day Five: So Much to Discuss
By David Kidd on June 18, 2010

Today's summary includes also a brief account of last evening's lecture. 

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Princeton 2010, Day Four: A Lively and Gracious Plurality
By Anonymous on June 17, 2010

Walter McDougall makes his  point

Today’s morning and afternoon sessions have been proof of what should not be surprising: the lively and gracious plurality that exists within the conservative movement.

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Princeton 2010, Day Three: The Prospects Are Good
By David Kidd on June 17, 2010

The Prospect House

Our sessions today began with a wonderfully provocative yet compelling lecture from Jay Budziszewski...

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Princeton 2010, Day Two: "People are policy"
By Kelly M. Hanlon on June 15, 2010

Reflections from the first day of the 2010 Summer Institute.

Participants

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Princeton 2010, Day One: The Inn
By David Kidd on June 14, 2010

Nassau Inn at Princeton

It is fitting that the bulk of the Lehrman Center’s 2010 Princeton Summer Institute take place at Princeton’s Nassau Inn.

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