Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-06-14

Samford University will offer a new week-long academic experience, the Great Ideas Summer Institute, to 21 intellectually ambitious high school students June 19-25.  The institute is sponsored by Samford’s University Fellows honors program.

            “Greece, Rome, and the American Republic” will be the theme of the inaugural institute. It will discuss the Greek origins of western politics, Roman political theory, how the American Revolution utilized ideas from ancient history and philosophy, Federalists and Anti-Federalists debates surrounding constitutionalism, and conceptions of republicanism seen in the works of John Calhoun, Abraham Lincoln and Thurgood Marshall.

            “This week offers an opportunity for intellectually ambitious students to enjoy the energy of a college classroom, engage ideas that form the essence of humane learning, and develop friendships with exceptional high school students from around the country,” said Dr. Jason Wallace of the Samford history department, who directs the program.

            Students will have two morning classes and one afternoon class each day, reside in campus housing and have meals in the university cafeteria. The schedule also will include visits to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and other Birmingham sites.