From The Federalist to Tocqueville and down to the present day, the role of liberalism (under a variety of names), and relatedly of freedom and virtue, have been described and debated by observers of the American experiment. In this course, we begin with accounts of the American Founding and its principles, as well as the thinkers who inspired it, and then consider contemporary diagnoses of America as well as prescriptions for its future.
- Harvey Mansfield Jr., America’s Constitutional Soul
- Charles Murray, Coming Apart
- Charles Murray, In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government
Dr. Harry Ballan
The Tikvah Fund
Dr. Harry Ballan is Senior Director of the Tikvah Fund and Dean of the Tikvah Online Academy. He is also the academic director of several new educational initiatives, including Tikvah’s classical education efforts. Harry holds a BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University and a JD from Columbia Law School. He clerked for Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was for many years a Partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, a leading international law firm where he is currently Senior Counsel. He has taught at several leading universities on subjects ranging from law and intellectual history to neuroscience, and was Dean of Touro Law School before joining Tikvah.
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Tikvah aims to make all of our courses available to as many qualified students as possible. In the event that Tikvah needs to add additional sections, this course may be taught by a different faculty member with a similarly high level of expertise.
Rabbi Gabi Weinberg
Director of High School Programs