We Hold These Truths: Principles from the American Founding
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Professor Jeffrey Sikkenga
Ashley-Wilkes Room at the Savannah Center in The Villages, Florida
“We are celebrating President’s Day. Usually the day focuses on people who have been president like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or Franklin Roosevelt. But in order to understand presidents, we need to understand the principles of the Constitution that give life and shape to the presidential office. As Abraham Lincoln argued, those principles can be found in our country’s most fundamental document – the Declaration of Independence. So what does the Declaration teach us that is relevant for understanding modern presidents?”
Jeffrey Sikkenga is Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Ashbrook Scholar program at Ashland University. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding, and American constitutional law. He is deeply interested in the relationship between politics and religion in liberal democracy and America in particular. He has published articles and reviews in journals such as Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of Politics, Journal of Markets and Morality, and Religion and Liberty. He co-edited History of American Political Thought (Lexington Press, 2003), edited Transforming American Welfare (1999), and co-wrote The Free Person and the Free Economy (2002). He is currently working on a book on freedom of religion in the political thought of John Locke and the American Founders.
The event is free, but seating is limited. To make a reservation, please call Carrie Clever at 419-289-5430 (toll free 877-289-5411) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.