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.


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

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

Lunch and Learn with Richard Carwardine

Richard Carwardine

February 15, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 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

“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

Presentations by Faculty and Students

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

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


Richard Carwardine

Richard Carwardine


Stephen B. Young

Video Playlist

Photo Gallery