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TAC Announces Constitutional Fellows Program

The U.S. Constitution is everywhere cited, but how many really know what they are talking about?

I am happy to announce our new partnership with the Center for the Study of Statesmanship (CSS) at Catholic University. In January of 2020, we will be launching our “Constitutional Fellows Program,” a three month course of study designed for congressional staffers, journalists, and other professionals.

The U.S. Constitution is everywhere cited, but how many really know what they are talking about? The Constitution assumes an entire view of human nature, society, and politics and has moral and cultural preconditions. Without people who respect and embody the spirit of the Constitution, the Constitution cannot be sustained. Truly to understand the text of the Constitution it is necessary to be familiar with its historical sources and the view of life that it implies.

Offered at a time when America’s constitutional order seems to be crumbling, the Constitutional Fellows Program illuminates the meaning of the Constitution and the prospects for its reinvigoration. The Program will be offered on Capitol Hill starting on January 17, 2020. Two sessions will be offered each month on Fridays 12:00 PM-3:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Each session will have a seminar format and will be conducted by two or three leading experts. Students will prepare for each session by studying carefully chosen and manageable readings. Faculty members include Claes Ryn (CUA), William Smith (CUA), Jonathan Askonas (CUA), Justin Litke (CUA), Joseph Baldacchino (CUA), Gil Barndollar (CUA), Justin Logan (CUA) James Antle (TAC), John Burtka (TAC), Rod Dreher (TAC), Dan McCarthy (The Fund for American Studies), Andrew Abela* (CUA), James Wallner* (American U.), Richard Gamble* (Hillsdale College), Michael Federici* (Middle Tennessee State U.) Brad Birzer* (Hillsdale College) and Luke Sheahan* (Duquesne U.)

*invited

The topics of the six sessions will be:

The Moral and Cultural Context of American Constitutionalism

Ancient and Christian Origins of American Constitutionalism

Radical Democracy, Socialism, and Other Domestic Challenges

The Constitution and Foreign Policy

Constitutionalism and Economics

Contemporary Challenges for American Constitutionalism

Students who attend at least five of the six sessions will be certified as graduates of the Constitutional Fellows Program. Students who show particular commitment and distinguish themselves in discussion will be designated Honors Graduates.

Only a limited number of students can be admitted. To seek admission, send an application to [email protected]. The application should contain (1) a c.v., (2) a personal statement of about 500 words on why the applicant wishes to participate, and (3) at least one letter of recommendation from a person–usually a supervisor or a current or former professor–who can speak to the applicant’s suitability for the Program. Students who are admitted will pay a $25.00 enrollment fee.

For more information please visit:  www.theamericanconservative.com/fellows

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