Event: Liberalism and the Role of Virtue in Civic Education

National Association of Scholars

Please consider joining NAS for Civic Education: Liberalism and the Role of Virtue. This event will explore the role of liberalism and Western civilization in civics education.

Liberalism and the Role of Virtue

November 17th | 3 pm MT

Center for Academic Success (CASE), Chancellor's Hall, 1725 Euclid Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309


Americans of all stripes agree that civic education is an essential component of a well-functioning republic. Despite this, there is widespread disagreement about what that civic education should entail. Some believe it should focus on training students in the history of liberalism and of Western civilization, to provide them with the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to be responsible members of our shared political life. Others believe the focus should be more forward-leaning, encouraging students to engage in democratic protests and to actively involve themselves in the political process.

To help us better understand the current debate on civic education in America, the National Association of Scholars and the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization have joined together to sponsor this event. As you attend, you will engage with us on questions such as:

  • What does the history of liberalism tell us about how to properly orient our civics education?
  • What role ought the study of Western civilization play in civics instruction?
  • How ought we think about the form and content of the civics education our students receive?

Joining us for this event will be:

Tim Fuller
Professor of Political Science and former Dean of Faculty and Chair of the Political Science Department at Colorado College

Wilfred McClay
Professor of History at Hillsdale College and author of the widely used history textbook Land of Hope: an Invitation to the Great American Story.

Lynn Uzzell teaches American politics and rhetoric at the University of Virginia and Washington and Lee University.

This event is hosted by:

The National Association of Scholars, which upholds the standards of a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual freedom, searches for truth, and promotes virtuous citizenship.

The Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization, which promotes study of the intellectual, artistic, and political traditions that characterize Western civilization. The Center offers a forum for free inquiry and supports academic freedom and intellectual diversity on campus in a time of increasing political polarization and homogeneity.

Boulder County’s current public health orders require all attendees wear masks.

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