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Free political societies need to be informed and thoughtful societies. Research and teaching in American political thought goes hand in hand with educating American citizens and citizen-leaders. We are committed to furthering these important goals.
From undergraduate conferences and symposia to scholarly meetings and lecture series, we sponsor events that illuminate American political principles and inspire thoughtful civic engagement.
We support scholarship in American political thought through our sponsorship of research journals and special projects, and through our support of visiting and affiliated scholars.
The first annual Compass Conference, titled “The Intellectual Roots of American Ideals,” will welcome students from ASU as well as many other institutions across the country to participate in paper presentations, a writing workshop led by National Review staff writer Alexandra DeSanctis, and a keynote address by Randy Barnett of the Georgetown University Law Center titled “The Declaration of Independence and the American Theory of Government.”
As a research-intensive center, the Center for Political Thought and Leadership is concerned to further the understanding and development of American political thought, broadly understood. This takes the form of supporting publication outlets, special projects, and individual scholars.