NEW!!! The American Democracy Forum, with generous
financial support from the Templeton Foundation, announces the
Benjamin Franklin Initiative. Beginning in Fall 2013, the
Benjamin Franklin Initiative will explore links between law,
science and politics in the American Founding and in the Atlantic
Enlightenment more generally. The initiative will include a
series of lectures and workshops -- and a new postdoctoral
You can now view our Constitution Day event, "Electoral Politics
and the U.S. Constiution: A Faculty Panel," online. click here.
Read the press release
Launched in fall 2010, the American Democracy Forum promotes the
study of the principles of the American founding and the continued
place of those principles in the practice of democracy in the
United States. The Forum rests on an understanding of American
Democracy as involving an ongoing conversation about the principles
central to the American founding: popular sovereignty,
representative democracy, equality, liberty and limited government.
It views those principles as unfolding in and tested by the dynamic
context of political, economic, and social life in America. The
Forum aims to foster a conversation informed both by a rich
understanding of the theoretical resources of American political
thought and by the best analyses of the contemporary functioning of
the American political system.
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