American Political Thought Seminar | Newberry

American Political Thought Seminar

The Federalist, nos. 1-33, p. 21 issue #13

The Federalist, nos. 1-33, p. 21 issue #13

This seminar provides a forum for introducing and discussing topics on the political history and philosophy of early America. The seminar explores issues of citizenship, democracy, sociology, and the influence of political history on contemporary politics and theory. It is open to graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty. To maximize time for discussion, papers are circulated electronically in advance. Priority will be given to individuals who are at a stage in their research at which they can best profit from discussion, and to individuals who need a venue to present their work. The seminar will meet on selected Thursdays during the academic year, 5-6:30 pm, at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois.


The American Political Thought Seminar 2017-2018 Call for Proposals is now CLOSED. Proposals for the 2018-2019 seminars will be accepted beginning March 1, 2018. To submit a proposal, please visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email or in hard copy.


The seminar is sponsored by the Jack Miller Center.


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Seminar Schedule 2017-2018

Thursday, September 28, 2017
American Political Thought Seminar
Setting the Stage: Early Republic Political Culture, the Constitutional Convention, and the President’s Cabinet
Thursday, October 26, 2017
American Political Thought Seminar
Contested Futures: Anishinaabeg and American Societies in the Great Lakes, 1790-1840
Thursday, December 7, 2017
American Political Thought Seminar
The Politics of Natural Right: Federalism as Remedy
Thursday, February 8, 2018
American Political Thought Seminar
Prophet, Priest, and Republican Theorist: Thomas Shepard and the Formation of the Laws and Liberties of Massachusetts
Thursday, March 8, 2018
American Political Thought Seminar
Lyman Trumbull and the Fateful Paradox of the War for the Union
Thursday, April 12, 2018
American Political Thought Seminar
Apocalypse Now: Thomas Jefferson’s Radical Enlightenment