Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government


Ashbrook Colloquium

The Ashbrook Center cordially invites the public to participate in the Ashbrook Colloquium, the purpose of which is to dedicate particular Friday afternoons to informal discussions of an academic nature. We schedule an impressive list of academic scholars to lead these discussions by introducing recently published projects on which they have been working and opening the program up to questions and comments.

Our intention is to provide a forum for the discussion of a wide series of topics. We have three such meetings each semester, always on Friday afternoons at 3 p.m. in the Ashbrook Center on the eighth floor of the University library. Although we expect each discussion to formally last about an hour and a half, attendees may come and go as they wish. We introduce the guest, let him take no more than twenty minutes to characterize the subject, and then open the topic to discussion.

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Past Speakers

Peter Myers

Frederick Douglass: The Original Audacity of Hope
October 17, 2008

Mark Hulliung

The Right to Land in the Land of Rights
April 18, 2008

Jeremy Bailey

Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power
February 29, 2008

Kristofer Ray

Progress and Popular Democracy on the Southwestern Frontier: Middle Tennessee, 1775-1825
January 18, 2008

Jean Edward Smith

November 2, 2007

Gordon Lloyd

Hoover’s Rugged Individual Meets Roosevelt’s Forgotten Man
October 5, 2007

Harry V. Jaffa

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
March 23, 2007

Michael Anton

Clothes Make the Man
February 23, 2007

Russell Weaver

Questioning Keats
November 10, 2006

James Ceaser

Foundational Ideas in American Political Thought
October 13, 2006

Elizabeth Edwards Spalding

Harry Truman, the Cold War, and the Remaking of Liberal Internationalism
September 22, 2006

Matthew Spalding

Does the Original Constitution Still Matter?
March 24, 2006

Ralph A. Rossum

Antonin Scalia’s Jurisprudence: Text and Tradition
February 24, 2006

Myles Weber

Consuming Silences
November 18, 2005

James W. Muller

The Education of Winston Churchill
October 21, 2005

Larry Schweikart

Why We Need a Patriot’s History of the United States
September 23, 2005

Danielle Allen

Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown v. Board of Education
April 1, 2005

Stephen Knott

Alexander Hamilton in Myth and Memory
February 25, 2005

James McPherson

February 11, 2005

Robert H. Ferrell

Good Fortune in Politics: The Case of Calvin Coolidge
January 28, 2005
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