On April 15, 2011, Professor Ronna Burger (Tulane University) led a two and a half-hour seminar on “Plato and Ancient Philosophy.”
On September 22, 2010, the Montesquieu Forum held a university wide event for Constitution Day on “What the Constitution Means to Me?” Four speakers offered their reflections in response to this question: Professor Svetozar Minkov, Professor Fabricio Prado, Dean Lynn Weiner, and Mr. Al Harris, Esq.
From July 11-15, 2011, we conducted our second summer Teachers Academy. This year twenty-one high school teachers assembled, from all parts of the Chicagoland area, and from all manner of schools, from public to private. Our lecturers included, Nathan Tarcov (University of Chicago) on Machiavelli and the Federalist Papers, Ralph Lerner (University of Chicago) on America’s Founding, Stuart D. Warner (Roosevelt University) on Montesquieu, Mark Rosen (Chicago-Kent College of Law) on the Constitution, Jessica Roney (Ohio University) on The Constitution and the Right to Bear Arms, and Maura Farrelly (Brandeis University) on Religious Toleration.
In 2011, we held our first high school students essay contest. The contest was open only to students of the high school teachers who attended our first Teachers Academy. From the dozens of essays we received, we selected five winners, with prize money ranging from $700 for first prize to $200 for fifth prize. On May 21, 2011, we held a dinner to honor the prize-winning students and their families.
In the Spring semester of 2011, fourteen students gathered for twelve weeks to read and discuss John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government. The students were all named Montesquieu Junior Fellows and received a $300 stipend for their participation. Professor Paul Diduch of Carthage College was the group’s discussion leader.
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