Foundations of American Leadership Series
The Rivers Club, Pittsburgh
One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street

Upcoming Lectures

Cold War Witness: The Enduring Words and Relevance of Whittaker Chambers
Dr. Andrew Mitchell
March 19, 2019
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Past Lectures

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“20 Years Later: An Inside Look at the Clinton Impeachment and the Clash on Capitol Hill”
The Honorable Paul J. McNulty ’80
December 4, 2018

“From Western PA to Founding Father: The Making of George Washington”
Dr. Gary L. Gregg
September 18, 2018

“The Enigma of Ben Franklin’s Faith”
Dr. Tommy Kidd
June 5, 2018

“Taxation and Representation: What the Founders Thought About Tax Policy”
Jared Walczak ’08
March 6, 2018

“Humility of the Founders”
Dr. David Bobb
December 5, 2017

Abigail Adams: Historian of Women
Dr. Edith Gelles
September 19, 2017

“The Whiskey Rebellion: The First Immediate Test of our Federal Form of Constitutional Government”
Richard G. Jewell ’67
June 6, 2017

Representing a New Constellation: The Overlooked Role of David Rittenhouse

Nate Mills ’16

March 7, 2017

“Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic”
Dr. Mark David Hall
December 6, 2016

“Should The Electoral College Be Abolished?”
Dr. Richard Brake
September 13, 2016

“John Hancock: A Christian Statesman”
Dr. Gary Smith
June 7, 2016

“The Founders Constitution and the Coming Battle for Religious Liberty”
The Honorable Paul J. McNulty ’80
March 8, 2016

Pelatiah Webster: The Founding Generation’s Foremost Economic Thinker
Dr. Mark Hendrickson
December 15, 2015

To Begin the World Over Again: Thomas Paine and the American Founding
Dr. David J. Voelker
September 22, 2015

“Robert Morris: A Key American Founder and His Folly”
Dr. Ryan K. Smith
June 9, 2015

“Aaron Burr: Foundered Father”
Dr. Richard G. Jewell ’67
March 17, 2015

“John Witherspoon, Grandfather of the Constitution”
By Dr. Jeffry H. Morrison
December 9, 2014

“James Madison and Our First Duty”
By Dr. Colleen Sheehan
September 23, 2014

Economic Freedom in the Early American Tradition: The Economic Thought of the Founders
By Dr. Shawn Ritenour
June 3, 2014

“Distrust, Tyranny, and the Bill of Rights”
By Dr. Ronald J. Rychlak
March 18, 2014

“In the Beginning: Washington and the Birth of American Political Parties”
By Dr. Richard G. Jewell
December 3, 2013

“Under Our Own Vine and Fig Tree: Creating an American Metaphor for Liberty”
By Dr. Daniel Dreisbach
September 17, 2013

“Natural Law and the United States Constitution”
By Dr. Robert Barker
June 11, 2013

“In the Beginning: Washington and the Birth of American Political Parties”
By Richard G. Jewell J.D.
March 12, 2013

“Sir William Blackstone and the American Republic”
By Dr. John Sparks
December 4, 2012

“Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady”
By John Blundell
September 18, 2012

“There is No Special Providence for Americans: Lessons for Today’s Conservatives from John Adams”
By Dr. Gillis J. Harp
June 5, 2012

“James Wilson: A Founder Whose North Star Can Guide Our Rescue of Good Government”
By Randall Wenger, Esq.
March 13, 2012

“John Dickinson: America’s First Political Hero”
By Dr. Jane E. Calvert
December 13, 2011

“The Indispensable Patriot: Samuel Adams & the Quest for Independence”
By Dr. Gary Scott Smith
September 13, 2011

“The Federalist Papers and the Foundation of American Conservatism”
By Joseph Postell
June 7, 2011

“William Penn’s Pursuit of Religious Liberty”
By Andrew Murphy
March 15, 2011

“Snatching Lightning from the Sky: Benjamin Franklin and American Scientific Innovation”
By Dr. Glenn Marsch
December 7, 2010

“Little Pink Houses: Private Property, the Founders and Susette Kelo’s Story”
By Scott Bullock
September 21, 2010

“The Fall and the Founders”
By Clarke Forsythe
June 15, 2010

“Thoughtful Cal, the Founders & the Progressives”
By Dr. L. John Van Til
March 30, 2010

“The Overregulated Bakery Owner, the Supreme Court & the Founders: Lochner vs. New York”
By Dr. John A. Sparks
December 8, 2009

“The Founders, the Bible and Political Discourse”
By Dr. Daniel Dreisbach
September 22, 2009

“Abraham Lincoln and the Founders”
By Dr. Gillis Harp
June 9, 2009

“Let Their First Word Be ‘Washington’: The Founders and Public Education”
By Dr. Steven L. Jones
March 10, 2009

“Give Me Liberty: Patrick Henry and Religious Freedom in America”
By Thomas D. Kidd
December 11, 2008

“The Founders and the Presidents: From July 1776 to November 2008”
By Dr. Paul Kengor
September 23, 2008

“Gun Control, The Supreme Court and the Founders’ Second Amendment”
By Nelson Lund
June 10, 2008

“Hamilton and the Greenback”
By Dr. Jeffrey Herbener
March 18, 2008

“The Significance of the Declaration: Inspiring Independence at Home and Abroad”
By Charles Kesler
December 18, 2007

“James Madison and the Temptation of Terror”
By Joseph Loconte
September 11, 2007

“The Founders Abroad”
By Walter Stahr
June 19, 2007

“The Founders, The Ten Commandments and The Supreme Court”
By Dr. Philip Munoz
March 20, 2007

“The Maligned Faith of Thomas Jefferson”
By Dr. Gary Scott Smith
December 5, 2006

“George Washington as the Model of American Statesmanship”
By Matthew Spalding
September 19, 2006