James Madison: Philosopher and Practitioner of Liberal Democracy -  A Symposium

On March 16, 2001, the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the James Madison Commemoration Commission, will host a symposium to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of James Madison, the nation's fourth president. It is being cosponsored by the Henry Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California and will be chaired by Charles Kesler of Claremont McKenna College.

The symposium, James Madison: Philosopher and Practitioner of Liberal Democracy, will explore the thought and character of James Madison as well as his many significant contributions to the nation's history, such as his defense of religious liberty; his role as architect and principal defender of the Constitution of the United States; his introduction of the legislation that produced the Bill of Rights; and his service as secretary of state in 1801-1809, and as president of the United States from 1809 to 1817. The all-day symposium, which will be held in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, is open to the public without charge or advance reservation.

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MORNING SESSION (9 to 11:45 a.m.)
Introductory Remarks

Lance Banning, University of Kentucky
"James Madison, Federalist"

Robert Goldwin, American Enterprise Institute
"James Madison's Sagacious, Powerful, Combining Mind"

James Hutson, Library of Congress
"James Madison and the Social Utility of Religion: Risks vs. Rewards"

AFTERNOON SESSION (2 to 4:45 p.m.)
Harry Jaffa, Claremont McKenna College
"Defenders of the Constitution: Madison vs. Calhoun"

Drew McCoy, Clark University
"Remembering James Madison: Character, Vision and Experience"

Gary Rosen, Commentary Magazine
"Was Madison an Original Thinker?"

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