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March 2018

One-Day Seminar: Equality and Liberty hosted by McCracken County Schools (Paducah, KY)

March 17, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Liberty and equality are powerful words in American political discourse.  How have they been interpreted throughout American history?  Are liberty and equality in tension with each other, or are they compatible?  This colloquium explores three different views in American history and thought about the relationship between liberty and equality. Discussion Leader: Dr. Eric Sands, Assistant Professor of Government at Berry College Registration: 8:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Judiciary hosted by the McConnell Center (Louisville, KY)

March 24, 2018, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

This seminar offers an intensive study on the role of the Supreme Court in American Politics and the concept of “judicial review.”  A number of controversial cases in recent decades have given rise to a polarized debate in America over the desirability of judicial review.  With that in mind, we will examine the original purpose of the Supreme Court and the debates over judicial review during the American Founding period.  Finally we will look closely at the case of Marbury v…

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April 2018

One-Day Seminar: Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist Debate hosted by the McConnell Center and University of the Cumberlands (Williamsburg, KY)

April 14, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This seminar is designed to analyze the main arguments set forth in print during the crucial years of 1787-1788 concerning the adoption of the newly proposed Constitution of the United States. Through a close reading of the primary source material we will attempt to identify the most important principles that animated the participants in the discussion, including the fundamental assumptions therein about the political order and human nature. These texts have an authority of their own in connection with the great debate over ratification, and…

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