The Inaugural Symposium on Democracy

This Symposium was highlighted by internationally-renowned experts on democracy, student and faculty led panel discussions, exhibits in the U. Grant Miller library, and participation by the W&J community including lectures by guest authors Stephen B Young and Dr. Richard Carwardine.


Presentations by Faculty and Students

February 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Allen Ballroom, Rossin Campus Center

“Can American Democracy Survive Without a Thriving Middle Class?”

Stephen B. Young

February 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Allen Ballroom, Rossin Campus Center

“The Foundations of American Democracy: 1776-1865.”

Richard Carwardine

February 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Olin Theater

Lunch and Learn with Richard Carwardine

Richard Carwardine

February 15, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Allen Ballroom, Rossin Campus Center

“The Legacies of Washington and Jefferson: 21st Century Perspectives.”

February 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Allen Ballroom, Rossin Campus Center


Richard Carwardine

Richard Carwardine


Stephen B. Young

Video Playlist

Photo Gallery

Reading List

Richard Carwadine, FRHistS, FBA, FLSW, Professor of American History and former President of the Corpus Christi College, Oxford

  • Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power: W&J Catalog* | WorldCAT
  • Lincoln’s Sense of Humor: W&J Catalog* | WorldCAT
  • Richard Carwadine on “Lincoln’s Sense of Humor” (video) C-SPAN Interview

Stephen B. Young, global executive director, Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism.

  •  Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with the Public Good: W&J Catalog* | WorldCAT

Democratic Scholarship

  • Freedom House “Freedom in the World 2018: Democracy in Crisis”
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace “Democracy and Rule of Law”
  • Democracy Matters “Issue Impacts”
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • (OECD) “Government at a Glance 2017”
  • Rand Corporation “Democracy”

General References

  • Democracy (Credo)* | (Gale Virtual Library)*
  • George Washington (Credo)*
  • Thomas Jefferson (Credo)*
  • Slavery (Credo)*
  • The Founding Mothers of the United States of America (Khan Academy)
  • Correspondence And Other Writings Of Six Major Shapers Of The United
  • States (Founders Online)

Primary Sources

  • The American Founders Online An Annotated Guide to Their Papers and Publications
  • Mt. Vernon Website
  • Monticello Website

Washington and Jefferson in the News

  • New York Times: In Search of the Slave Who Defied George Washington
  • Smithsonian Magazine: Founding Fathers and Slaveholders * indicates access limited to W&J community.

2018 Library Displays

Listed below are selected books and materials that were featured at the U. Grant Miller Library in contribution to the 2018 Symposium on Democracy.

Books – Democracy and The Founding Fathers

The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America
by Gary Nash

Jeffersonian Legacies
by Peter Onuf

Washington: A Life
by Ron Chernow

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
by Joseph Ellis

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic
by Joseph Ellis

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
by Gordon Wood

Books – Keynote Speakers

Lincoln’s Sense of Humor
By Richard Carwardine

Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power
by Richard Carwardine

Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with the Public Good
By Stephen B. Young