'The Constitution and Civic Virtue' with Robert P. George

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  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Open to the public

Constitutional structural constraints on power are necessary for the maintenance of republican government and ordered liberty but, Professor George will argue, they are not sufficient.

Certain virtues in the people, intellectual and moral, are no less necessary. And yet, the political order, however well-constituted it may be, cannot play more than a minor role in imparting these virtues.

The major role must be played by what Edmund Burke called the “little platoons” of civil society—the private associations, beginning with the family, that are primary in providing health, education, and welfare, and transmitting to each new generation the habits or mind and heart that are necessary for people to lead successful lives and be good citizens.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served. 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023


5:00 pm7:00 pm (MST)


Old Main, Carson Ballroom