Center for the American Idea
The American Founding and the Western Intellectual Tradition Colloquia
2007-2008

The Institute's partnership with Liberty Fund, a free-market oriented foundation based in Indianapolis, has made possible a series of intensive programs across the United States.  With this partnership, the Institute is hand picking educators for these discussions on texts related to liberty and its moral foundation.  Colloquia will be held at cities like Philadelphia and Williamsburg, sites with deep ties to America's founding.  Educators compare texts on the role of liberty in free enterprise, private property, and limited government.  Topics this year include: The Constitutional Convention and Liberty, Shakespeare and Plutarch: Liberty and Tyranny, Liberty and Responsibility in the Western Tradition, Historical & Philosophical Roots of American Constitutionalism, The Federalists & the Anti-Federalists: Competing Visions of Liberty.  These programs have allowed the Institute to establish ties with teachers all over America, and it expects that trend to grow rapidly as it networks with successful participants and through new outreach programs.

The Constitutional Convention and Liberty - June 24 - 29, 2007 - Philadelphia, PA

Shakespeare and Plutarch: Liberty and Tyranny - August 23-26, 2007 - Colorado Springs, CO

Liberty & Responsibility in the Western Tradition - September 6-9, 2007 - Mecosta, MI

Historical & Philosophical Roots of American Constitutionalism - November 8-11, 2007 - Houston, TX

The Federalists & the Anti-Federalists: Competing Visions of Liberty - December 6-9, 2007 - Williamsburg, VA