Lake Forest Graduate Course for High School Teachers Begins Fall 2016

Supported by the Jack Miller Center’s new Founding Civics Initiative, the Civics and the American Founding Program is a new series of graduate courses for high school teachers offered through Lake Forest College’s Master of Liberal Studies Program.

High school teachers are encouraged to apply for the Civics and the American Founding inaugural course:

“The American Founding: Principles, Practices, Controversies”

  • Meets Saturdays from 10am-12pm at the Newberry Library in Chicago (starting date: August 27th)
  • 4 hours of graduate credit or 60 PD hours
  • Free tuition for working high school teachers
  • 7 face-to-face meetings, the remainder of the course online
  • Teachers may take as a standalone course or matriculate into the MLS program
  • Ideal for American history, government, or civics teachers given the new Illinois civics requirement
  • Taught by Dr. Evan Oxman, Uihlein Assistant Professor of Politics at Lake Forest College

Click here for registration form.

Course description: American politicians and legal scholars often support their opinions by referring to the Founding Era of the United States. But what exactly occurred during those important years at the end of the 18th century? What were the major debates about the ratification of the Constitution and how were they resolved? Are these founding principles and institutions still worthy of support as they stand? Do they need to be revised to meet changed circumstances and, if so, to what degree?

In this course, we will carefully interrogate the history and political philosophy of the Founding Era by examining a wide selection of key texts. In addition, we will explore how different generations of Americans have (re)-interpreted the meaning of these texts. Finally, we will consider how and why debates surrounding the meaning of the Founding era are still very much present in virtually all of the major political controversies of our day.

For more information, call 847-735-5083 or email Carol Gayle (

Tuition for this course is supported by the Founding Civics Initiative, with a generous grant from the Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation.