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
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.
- Cybercasts now available from the paper title or speaker name
MORNING SESSION (9 to 11:45 a.m.)
Banning, University of Kentucky
"James Madison, Federalist"
American Enterprise Institute
"James Madison's Sagacious,
Powerful, Combining Mind"
Library of Congress
"James Madison and the Social
Utility of Religion: Risks vs. Rewards"
AFTERNOON SESSION (2 to 4:45 p.m.)
Claremont McKenna College
"Defenders of the Constitution:
Madison vs. Calhoun"
"Remembering James Madison: Character, Vision and Experience"
"Was Madison an Original Thinker?"