East Georgia State College was in the spotlight at a recent national conference on civic literary and the American Founding. The conference, entitled “Liberty and the Constitution,” took place in Alexandria, Virginia, July 13-17. Dr. Lee Cheek, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at East Georgia State College, directed the colloquium. Dr. Cheek shared leadership duties for the conference with Dr. Henry C. Clark, a history professor at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
The conference was funded by a grant from the Bill of Rights Institute and Liberty Fund, a private, non-profit educational foundation headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The primary focus of the foundation is the serious “study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.” Each year Liberty Fund sponsors more than 100 conferences in the United States and in foreign countries that involve high school teachers and college and university faculty.
Dr. Cheek, a specialist in American politics and the origins of the American political system, was asked to organize the conference based on his expertise and published scholarship, including his forthcoming book, The American Founding (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to the summer conference, Liberty Fund has also hosted conferences on other books written by Dr. Cheek.