American Founders Luncheon Series
The Rivers Club, Pittsburgh
One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street

Dr. David J. Bobb
December 5, 2017 American Founders Luncheon
Humility and the Art of Compromise in the American Founding


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On the last day of the Constitutional Convention, Ben Franklin urged each delegate “to doubt a little of his own infallibility.” Compromise was necessary to secure the Constitution’s approval. No framer emerged from the convention wholly satisfied with the end product. Many of the same divisions that were evident in the Constitution’s creation carried over to the ratification debate, and into the First Congress as amendments to the Constitution were debated. More often than not on the losing side of votes he saw as pivotal in the Philadelphia Convention, and against the Bill of Rights before he was for it, James Madison is credited as the “Father of the Constitution.” What did the art of compromise mean for him and his fellow Founders? And what role does humility play in the forging of compromises in politically polarized debates?


David J. Bobb joined the Bill of Rights Institute as president in 2013 and has worked for twenty years at the intersection of civic engagement and education reform. He has taught courses in American politics and public policy in the history and political science departments of both Boston College and Hillsdale College, and was the founding director of a national civic education program for high school teachers and the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Studies in Washington, D.C. David has designed online educational programs used by more than half a million participants and is a nationally-recognized proponent of civic education that engages the hearts and minds of students. The author of Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue, David has written for the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company, among many other publications. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College, where he received fellowships from the Pew, Earhart, and Bradley Foundations.


Join us on December 5, 2017, at Pittsburgh’s Rivers Club to hear Dr. David J. Bobb discuss “Humility and the Art of Compromise in the American Founding.” To register please click here or contact Brenda Vinton at or (724) 450-1541. Please bring a friend. Registration deadline is December 4. The cost of lunch is $17.76.

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