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About the Alexander Hamilton Project at Northwestern

In partnership with the Jack Miller Center and with the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Northwestern is part of national initiative with Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of California-Los Angeles, with the goal of broadening undergraduate education to include a vital understanding of the origins of our national heritage.

Alexander Hamilton was a lawyer, an economist, and a statesman - a combination that embodies the Center for Legal Studies commitment to vigorous partnerships between the humanities, the social sciences, and the law. To support this mission, Susan Gaunt Stearns was named our Alexander Hamilton Project fellow for 2013-2016, offering classes and organizing programming examining the connections between the political economy of the early republic and its ramifications for our society today. For 2017-2019, Justin Simard has been named the Jack Miller Post-Doctoral Fellow. Look for his courses in the Annual 2018-2019 Class Schedule.

In the past, The Jack Miller Center has also partnered with the Center for Legal Studies to celebrate Constitution Day with an invited lecture in the fall. Learn more about Constitution Day through our friends at Engage Chicago!

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The Jack Miller Center (JMC) is a nonpartisan 501 (C) (3) public foundation dedicated to reinvigorating education in America's Founding Principles and history. The foundation works with college faculty, administrators, and donors to improve this essential education for students. The JMC's community of professors currently totals more than 600 on more than 190 campuses across the United States and includes many of our nation's leading scholars in American history and political theory. In addition, since its founding, JMC has invested in partner programs on 52 campuses, including Ivy League institutions, flagship state universities and leading liberal arts colleges. JMC is led by its founder and chairman, Jack Miller, a prominent Chicago philanthropist, and its president, Mike Ratliff (Rear Admiral, USN ret.), the former chief of Naval Intelligence. Mr. Miller and Admiral Ratliff began their efforts in higher education in 2004 and incorporated the JMC as an independent foundation in 2007 with headquarters in Philadelphia.

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The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. We support research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. We encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.

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