Unit 1: What Are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System? with Dr. Richard Bell - Context Travel

Unit 1: What Are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System? with Dr. Richard Bell


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In our first 'We the People in Context' seminar, Dr. Richard Bell will address the question: What Are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System?. Dr. Bell is a Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. Read more about Dr. Bell below.

This Conversation is one of a series in which we explore the We the People program Units 1-6. These Conversations are designed to foster discussion with an expert and explore your questions and curiosity on this week’s topic through the interactive Q&A. 

Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

  • Unit 1: What Are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System? With Dr. Richard Bell
  • Unit 2: How Did the Framers Create the Constitution? With Ben Rubin
  • Unit 3: How Has the Constitution Been Changed to Further the Ideals Contained in the Declaration of Independence? With Dr. Susan Lagon
  • Unit 4: How Have the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices? With Dr. Jeremi Suri
  • Unit 5: What Rights Does the Bill of Rights Protect? With Ben Rubin
  • Unit 6: What Challenges Might Face American Constitutional Democracy in the Twenty-first Century? With Dr. Jeremi Suri

Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland and author of the new book "Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home" which is shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, as an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 60 minute Q&A.

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I enjoyed very much attending this event - it was very informative, engaging, and insightful.

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As a life-long adult learner, I appreciated the excellent presentation of Daniel Shay. It was interesting and thought provoking as the contextual setting of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was explored. The presenter's approach to include audience participation by raising questions during the presentation was effective. As I silently formulated my responses, I was delighted to hear the well formulated answers given by students. I look forward to sessions 2-6.

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I enjoyed very much attending this event - it was very informative, engaging, and insightful.

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C.D.
Civic Education in Context

As a life-long adult learner, I appreciated the excellent presentation of Daniel Shay. It was interesting and thought provoking as the contextual setting of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was explored. The presenter's approach to include audience participation by raising questions during the presentation was effective. As I silently formulated my responses, I was delighted to hear the well formulated answers given by students. I look forward to sessions 2-6.