AHI academic adviser, Colleen Sheehan, Professor, Department of Politcal Science, Villanova University, will speak on James Madison and the meaning of republican self-government at Hamilton College on Thursday, 18 February, at 4 pm in room 127 Kirner-Johnson Building.  The AHI is co-sponsoring Professor Sheehan’s appearance, and on Friday afternoon she will be heading a Leadership Luncheon at the AHI with its undergraduate fellows.

Professor Sheehan is widely recognized as one of this country’s leading scholars on the political thought of the founding period.  Her recent bookJames Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government (Cambridge 2009) has earned wide praise for its examination of the mind of James Madison and his hopes and fears about the great experiment in popular government.  AHI adviser Paul Rahe of Hillsdale College calls the book “the most important contribution to the scholarship on James Madison produced in recent memory.”