The institute will sponsor summer workshops for faculty who are interested in any of the following:
- Teaching the program’s student courses
- Introducing a component into or otherwise enriching their current courses
- Enhancing interactions with students and student organizations and activities
- Developing deeper engagement with political and policy debates about the future of America and the world
These workshops will be led by the director or other faculty who are recruited by the director. The syllabus will overlap those of the student courses, and will include both classic texts and contemporary debates. The main aim of the workshops will be to analyze and understand the past and future importance of the relevant texts, issues, and debates. The emphasis will be on appreciating the diversity of viewpoints — including what are commonly called conservative, liberal, and moderate views — and on the pedagogical ability to elicit from students the capability to debate political policy issues as well as their religious and moral dimensions with competence, integrity, and appropriate respect for views that differ from their own.
The workshops will normally consist of four to five weeks in the summer, during which eight to ten participants will devote four full days, Mondays through Thursdays, to readings and discussions, two days being devoted to individual reading and research, and two days to morning and afternoon class periods of two to three hours each. The participants will be invited to four follow-up lunch discussions, two in each of the following academic terms. The lunch discussions will focus on how the participants are using the workshop experience in their classes and interactions with students and colleagues; participants will be encouraged to highlight problems and missed opportunities as well as successes.
In addition, there will be shorter week-long workshops that focus on key issues involving the civic mission of higher education. Key issues include academic freedom, diversity, academic neutrality, and the broader interaction between colleges, universities, and public affairs.
Workshop participants also will receive special invitations and opportunities to be involved in the ongoing seminars, symposia, and other events sponsored by The Institute.