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Our Center for the American Republic
Summer Institutes, Co-Sponsored Colloquia, and Socratic Seminars offer students, teachers, university professors, and citizen leaders a vigorous appreciation of the roots of American greatness—which includes free markets, constitutionally limited government, and ordered liberty. 

Our interdisciplinary approach to the study of the American Republic through economics, government, history, and literature reflects the classical understanding of man’s nature as an economic, social, and spiritual creature.  As the Founders’ of our great republic understood, self-knowledge and self-discipline, learning and the cultivation of virtue, have for all of the 2800 years of the Great Conversation been understood in the Western World as the keys to human flourishing and happiness. 

Through a transformative encounter with the great works of Western Civilization, our programs help to ground leaders in the true, the good, and the beautiful, and to cultivate in them the virtues of courage, temperance, wisdom, and justice.  Only thus are people empowered as free and responsible persons, able to govern themselves in the light of enduring moral truths.  Our programs aim to form thoughtful virtuous leaders who will have the understanding and appreciation of the principles and history they need to pass on the torch of liberty to future generations.


If a nation expects to be ignorant and       

free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

                                                               --Thomas Jefferson

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Your love of liberty - your respect for the laws - your habits of industry - and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.

--George Washington