2014 Founders Fellowship:

Liberty and Security

Program Description

 

Required pre-conference readings to include selections from

  • John Locke
  • James Madison
  • George Mason
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Other Founders and philosophers

Lectures by constitutional scholar, as well as lesson plans and classroom applications on topics to include

  • Balancing Liberty and Security
  • Clear and Present Danger
  • Government and Prior Restraint
  • War and the Constitution
  • Presidential Authority
  • Other topics

Educational visits to historic sites in the Philadelphia area, including the National Constitution Center and Independence Hall

The program will cover all costs of accommodation and materials distributed, as well as all tickets for activities, and most meals.  Applicants should understand that scheduled activities will fully occupy their time each day.  From the program opening at 4:00 on Monday, July 21 until its closing at noon on Thursday, there will be little to no time for individual tourist or sight-seeing activities.  Unfortunately, we are not able to include any participant’s family or guests in any of the scheduled activities.  A stipend will be provided to help defray airfare/travel expense.  Participants invited to join the program should arrange travel schedules so that they arrive at the conference hotel by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, and departing flights may be scheduled no earlier than 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Objectives: Teachers will be equipped to guide students to do the following:

  • Examine the constitutional principles of liberty, limited government, and the rule of law.
  • Assess the proper boundaries of government power in times of crisis, weighing both the need to “provide for the common defense” and to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
  • Evaluate to what extent, if at all, it is ever necessary to violate the Constitution in order to preserve the Constitution.