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Summer Institute on the Constitution

The Annual James Madison Lecture

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation's Annual James Madison Lecture Series, funded by the Foundation's nonprofit The James Madison Education Fund Inc., is one of the Foundation's flagship programs. The lecture is held in conjunction with the Summer Institute on the Constitution, which provides the opportunity for James Madison Fellows to hear directly from the nation's top experts on the U.S. Constitution. For over 20 years, America's thought leaders have used the James Madison Lecture to raise topical issues related to the U.S. Constitution, and drive debate on significant questions.

This event is open to James Madison Alumni, Friends of the Foundation, and the general public. Past editions of The James Madison Lecture Series are available for viewing on the James Madison Foundation's YouTube page, American History Videos, and on C-SPAN3 American History TV.


The Revolutionary Beginnings of the Civil War

The 23rd Annual James Madison Lecture, titled "The Revolutionary Beginnings of the Civil War," was given by Dr. Gordon S. Wood on July 5, 2019 at Georgetown University. Dr. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor Emeritus of History at Brown University, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author spoke about the American Revolution's impact on the Civil War.