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December 6, 2023

RECAP: “Beyond Jefferson,” 12/1 Colloquium w/ KICD Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow Christa Dierksheide

The 1825 rendering of Monticello with which Kinder Institute Distinguished Research Fellow Christa Dierksheide began her December 1 Friday Colloquium Series presentation framed the talk both because of what it depicted and what it didn’t. A vision of pastoral 19th-century domesticity and whiteness, we see two of Jefferson’s granddaughters strolling the mansion’s front lawn while […]

November 10, 2023

RECAP: “John Locke in America,” 10/20 Colloquium w/ University of Montana Prof. Claire Rydell Arcenas

“I’m gonna tell you everything you need to know about…local government. ‘Life, Liberty, and Property.’ John Locke.” —Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation Though not necessarily the most reliable narrator—at the very least, not the most ideologically neutral one—Ron Swanson does capture Locke’s uniquely central place in American culture and the American political imagination today. His […]