Program Reports: The Father of the Constitution and The New Frontier
TAH.org hosted two Colloquia the weekend of August 12-14: James Madison: The Father of the Consitution at Montpelier and John F Kennedy: The New Frontier in Quincy, Massachusetts.
No single person contributed more to the constitutional mind of America than James Madison. Through his contributions to the U.S. Constitution, Madison shaped this republican form of government. Professor Chris Burkett, of Ashland University, led the conversation as teachers explored readings on religious liberty, the Federalist Papers, Bill of Rights and Madison’s final advice to his country. Participants enjoyed a three hour tour of Montpelier and its beautiful grounds.
Professor Stephen Knott, of the Naval War College, chaired the Weekend Colloquium on President John F. Kennedy, the nation’s youngest elected President. This colloquium examined Kennedy’s brief presidency, including his Cold War policies toward the Soviet Union, Cuba, Berlin and Vietnam, his domestic initiatives on civil rights; as well as his lasting impact on the office of the presidency. Teacher visited the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as well.
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