July 27, 2018
The 4th annual Madison Scholars Roundtable was held on June 12-14, 2018. 21 experts came together at James Madison’s Montpelier to discuss their research on Madison and his legacy. The event welcomed both senior and junior scholars in the conversation.
Earlier in 2018, the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution gave a $60,000 grant to Montpelier’s Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution. This grant supported the 2018 Madison Scholars Roundtable, and the digital projects resulting from the event.
The long-time experts and budding academics had the opportunity to exchange ideas with academics in areas outside of their own expertise. Many participants noted that the unique viewpoints offered additional insights that they would not have gained otherwise.
Kicking off the event was Yale Constitutional scholar Akhil Reed Amar. He spoke on the perceptions of today’s government practices as compared to those of Madison and the Founding Fathers. His introductory remarks spurred the participants into a reaching a mutual understanding, showing the power of history in even something as polarized as modern government.
Following were presentations of five academic publications currently in progress:
- “Theory and Practice: James Madison and the Constitutional Power to Appoin Supreme Court Justices” | Eric Kasper, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
- “The Theoretical Core of the Federalist Papers: Powers, Organization, and Constituencies in the Constitution’s Design” | Daniel Wirls, University of California, Santa Cruz
- “‘You Were Once Frenchmen’: James Madison and the New Orleans Schism”| Tyson Reeder, University of Virginia, Papers of James Madison
- “The Genius of the People: Montesquieu, Publius, and Statesmanship”| Zachary German, Arizona State University
- “The Broken Branch: A Madisonian Perspective” | James Wallner, R Street Institute
A recap video summarizing the discussions and roundtable content will be available to the public.