Foundations of Liberty: Historical Perspectives
June 19-22 ● Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA area

The notions of Freedom weren’t just handed to us. They were ideas raised and refined over the course of history. And they’re still being refined today. That’s why this seminar will provide you with the long-term view you need to understand where the ideas and dialogue of liberty are going by having a better idea of where they’ve been.

Foundations of Liberty: Historical Perspectives

What’s a typical day during the Foundations of Liberty: Historical Perspectives?

While not every day will be the same you can see how a typical day will provide fresh historical perspectives on the notions of liberty and how the world has never been the same.

Breakfast (Get up. Get dressed. And continue that discussion you thought had ended at 3 am over scrambled eggs and coffee.) 

Rights and Utility
Learn about rights and utility from a historical perspective, looking at the views of Mill, Kant, Bentham, Locke, and more.

Coffee Break 

The American Revolution
Explore the political philosophy and historical circumstances that drove Americans to break with Great Britain and form a republic. Discuss the Founders' achievements, flaws, and legacy. Consider how we can use the positive legacy of Revolution in light of today's challenges.

Lunch & Free Time (Go for a walk. Catch up on your home team’s standings. Propose a new Constitutional amendment—hey you’re in Philadelphia!)

Historical Institutions on the American Frontier
Within the history of the American Frontier, how did institutions develop and evolve over time? What was the role of women and the development of these formal and informal institutions? How did different jurisdictions compete with each through their legal systems?

Dinner (Post an Instagram of you and your new freedom-infused buds. Discuss which ideas by Locke, Mill or Bentham you studied earlier have any bearing on the variety of cheesesteak sandwiches.)

The Great Depression
Understand the historical context of the Great Depression and the legacy it has left.

Discussion Groups
Join a faculty-led small group discussion to consider the questions that have been lingering and developing throughout the day. Raise new concerns and hear what your fellow students thought about the issues you learned about!

Evening Social  (Enjoy a drink and then hold a friendly discussion into the wee hours on what had a greater impact on Freedom: The Bill of Rights or the Magna Carta in the course of world history.)