Federalist Papers and the Constitution
Reflecting on the challenges facing the Convention of 1787, James Madison once suggested that a key purpose of the U.S. Constitution was to combine “the requisite stability and energy in government with the inviolable attention due to liberty and to the republican form.” Among the sources we might employ to understand this task, The Federalist Papers are some of the most instructive. In this one-day seminar, we will examine a few key Federalist Papers and discuss the manner in which they might help us understand the fundamental principles and institutions of the U.S. Constitution.
This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings (found here), and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing or presenting. Registrants, therefore, are highly encouraged to read all the documents in advance and come ready with questions. All attendees will receive a Letter of Attendance at the end of the seminar. Click here to register.