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Kevin Slack | Identity Politics and the Seeds of Tyranny

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Published on 21 Dec 2019 / In News and Politics

Kevin Slack is associate professor of politics for Hillsdale College. He specializes in American colonial thought and post-1960s progressivism. Dr. Slack is the author of Benjamin Franklin, Natural Right, and the Art of Virtue (2017). He has written numerous academic articles for American Political Thought, the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, and the New England Quarterly; he has also written for the American Thinker, the Heritage Foundation, and Anamnesis. Dr. Slack received a B.A. in History from Indiana University, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California-Davis, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from the University of Dallas.

Beginning in 2010, and coinciding with the opening of Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship on Capitol Hill, the College has hosted an annual Constitution Day Celebration in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

The program—which features speeches, debates, and roundtable discussions—explores the continuing relevance of the Founders’ Constitution for American politics today.

Hillsdale College is an independent institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings” resulting from civil and religious liberty and “believing that the diffusion of learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.” It pursues the stated object of the founders: “to furnish all persons who wish, irrespective of nation, color, or sex, a literary, scientific, [and] theological education” outstanding among American colleges “and to combine with this such moral and social instruction as will best develop the minds and improve the hearts of its pupils.” As a nonsectarian Christian institution, Hillsdale College maintains “by precept and example” the immemorial teachings and practices of the Christian faith.

The College also considers itself a trustee of our Western philosophical and theological inheritance tracing to Athens and Jerusalem, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law.

By training the young in the liberal arts, Hillsdale College prepares students to become leaders worthy of that legacy. By encouraging the scholarship of its faculty, it contributes to the preservation of that legacy for future generations. By publicly defending that legacy, it enlists the aid of other friends of free civilization and thus secures the conditions of its own survival and independence.

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