2020 Freedom in American Political Thought Conference

Conducted by the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture, this Summer High School Program, Freedom in American Political Thought, gives up to 8 students the rare opportunity to explore the meaning of freedom in American political thought. The Program allows students to be truly immersed in an exciting academic environment and affords students an understanding of the dynamic intellectual life at Washington College. 

Throughout this unique program participants will join seminars with elected officials, senior leaders in national think tanks, and professors from across the country. Program participants will apply these leaders’ insights to their conversations as they examine freedom in relation to historical turning points including the American Revolution, founding the United States Constitution, the Civil War, and formulating the New Deal. We conclude the program by studying the contested meanings of freedom in American political thought today. 

Participants begin to build their own libraries of classic works in American political thought by receiving a personal copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, the highly influential 1835 book Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, the First and Second Inaugural Addresses and the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, and a reader containing speeches and essays by leading officials and thinkers throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 

Fee: $200 

The registration limit has been reached for this event. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please email Coleen Beddick at cbeddick3@washcoll.edu.

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