You are cordially invited to attend a lecture on the topic of
Civic Virtue and the Constitution
Dr. Geoffrey Vaughan
Professor of Political Science at Assumption University and Visiting Fellow James Madison at the Program for American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University
Thursday, September 15, 2022
4:30-6:30 PM EDT
The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th St. NW
Washington D.C. 20036
Marlatt Mansion, Commodore Barry Room
Getting to campus
A reception will follow the lecture accompanied by complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
This lecture is sponsored by the Jack Miller Center.
About the Lecture: Civic Virtue and the Constitution – The Constitution of the United States of America is a practical document, laying out rules for managing public affairs through the offices of government. Although the Constitution does not mention the word “virtue”, George Washington and John Adams, among many others, asserted that the republic could not function without it. But how does virtue function civically? In other words, what is civic about virtue? This address will explore the civic character of virtue, trying to understand not why it is necessary, but how it operates.
About the Speaker: Dr. Geoffrey M. Vaughan is a professor of political science at Assumption University and a Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program for American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. His publications emphasize the modern period from Hobbes to Habermas, but he has also published on literature with a forthcoming piece on the Natural Law in the tales of Sherlock Holmes. He is writing on the role of the philosopher-king in modern political thought and a book on the meaning of American citizenship.
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