The Mary and David Nichols Annual Conference on the Great Books

DateApril 14-15, 2023
DescriptionThe Mary and David Nichols Annual Conference on the Great Books will take place in Waco on Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, 2023. This year we will be discussing "The Moral Foundations of Modern Democracy," including works of the American Founder James Wilson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Edmund Burke. Steve Block, Denise Schaeffer (from Holy Cross), and David Clinton will serve as discussion leaders for this year's conference. This year the event will celebrate the publication of Democracy and the History of Political Thought, edited by PhD alums, Patrick Cain, Stephen Sims, and Steve Block.
The conference will be the 14th conference sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, and the fourth conference since it moved from Clinton, NY to Waco. Its purpose is to facilitate conversations among the department's graduate students (and now former graduate students) and faculty, on selected topics of Western Civilization.
As in the past, along with the discussion leaders there will be a panel of approximately 14 discussants (graduate students, alums, faculty and friends of the program), with audience participation welcomed at the end of each session. The Department is indebted to Robert Paquette and the Alexander Hamilton Institute, for sponsoring the conference, and to Clifton Robinson, for providing the venue. Readings will be assigned for all attendees and discussants in advance.
Please let Mary Nichols know by March 30 if you desire to attend, and whether you prefer serving as a discussant or participating as a member of the audience. She intends to formulate the final list of attendees and discussants by March 8.
PublisherDepartment of Political Science
vCalDownload this event