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

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

Dr. Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar Award. Professor Bell is author of the new book "Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home," which was shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Catherine Duchovic (Fort Wayne, US)
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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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Jerred Smith (Portland, US)

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

C
Catherine Duchovic (Fort Wayne, US)
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.