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August ​​6-7, 2018
December ​2018
​April 2019

Pyle Center, Madison, WI

and online content throughout the year


The ADEF is a program of the American Democracy Forum in partnership with the UW-Madison School of Education.  It is funded by generous support from the Jack Miller Center and is provided at no cost to participants, including meals and reimbursement for substitute teacher coverage.

Participants in the American Democracy Educators’ Forum will:

  • discuss principles and practice of American democracy with leading scholars and faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and beyond
  • participate in 4 face-to-face meetings (2 days in August, 1 day in Dec., 1 day in April) and various online content throughout the school year
  • incorporate and highlight the theme of "Federalism, Republicanism, and the U.S. Constitution" into curriculum and
  • become part of a professional learning community that will inform and enhance current educational practices
  • earn two credits from UW-Madison

Interested in becoming a part of ADEF?

The application window for the 2018-19 program is open. Click HERE to apply.


Located outside of Madison and would like to participate?

Stipends ​are available to cover the cost of lodging and transportation. Chicago area teachers are strongly encouraged to apply.
   

Questions?

Contact ​Mark Dziedzic at mdziedzic@wisc.edu or by phone at (608) 263-5140


2018-19 ADEF Overview

Federalism, Republicanism, and the U.S. Constitution

 

ADEF's 2018-2019 theme will be "Federalism, Republicanism, and the U.S. Constitution."  The American idea of federalism--that power is divided between the national and state governments--is deeply intertwined with ideas of republicanism in the history of American Political Thought.  At the time of the writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, central questions concerned whether a true republic was possible on the national scale of the United States and, conversely, whether the new Constitution's federal system would preserve true republican government in the state.  Debates about federalism, that is, hinged on the very idea of a republic and so followed on a tradition of republican thought dating back to the ancients.  Our ADEF sessions will draw on that tradition, with readings from the Greeks and Romans; Machiavelli and Rousseau; and, of course, the federalists and anti-federalists.  We'll use this historical and theoretical material as a backdrop for considering the provisions of the Constitution that spell out the relation between national and state governments and for considering ongoing debates about the nature of American federalism.


ADEF's 2018-2019 theme will be "Federalism, Republicanism, and the U.S. Constitution."  The American idea of federalism--that power is divided between the national and state governments--is deeply intertwined with ideas of republicanism in the history of American Political Thought.  At the time of the writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, central questions concerned whether a true republic was possible on the national scale of the United States and, conversely, whether the new Constitution's federal system would preserve true republican government in the state.  Debates about federalism, that is, hinged on the very idea of a republic and so followed on a tradition of republican thought dating back to the ancients.  Our ADEF sessions will draw on that tradition, with readings from the Greeks and Romans; Machiavelli and Rousseau; and, of course, the federalists and anti-federalists.  We'll use this historical and theoretical material as a backdrop for considering the provisions of the Constitution that spell out the relation between national and state governments and for considering ongoing debates about the nature of American federalism.
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