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CCE Institute on Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens: The National Academy for Civics and Government

The Center for Civic Education is pleased to announce a three-week NEH Summer Institute on "Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens: The National Academy for Civics and Government." This institute for educators from public and private high schools, middle schools, and upper elementary schools will be held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The Institute, through a grant provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will provide 25 Americans and up to five international educators the opportunity to engage in serious study and seminar-style discussion of basic ideas of political theory, the principles of the founding of the Constitution of the United States, and the values of American constitutional democracy. Participants will study major works of classical political theory, including Aristotle’s Politics, Cicero’s Republic, Hobbes’s Leviathan, Locke’s Second Treatise, as well as The Federalist, Antifederalist writings, and U.S. Supreme Court opinions. Educators will discuss the challenges of teaching this material and of meeting the goals of the Center for Civic Education’s We the People programs, the National Standards for Civics and Government, and RES PUBLICA: An International Framework for Education in Democracy. The academic director of the Institute/Academy is Professor Will Harris of the University of Pennsylvania, who was the founding director and former principal scholar of the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier. Professor Harris writes and teaches in the field of constitutional studies and democratic theory.

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