Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 17 April 2007 13:06Bill Kostlevy, professor of history and political science at Tabor College, has been accepted to a funded National Endowment for the Humanities two-week summer institute, “The Continuing Significance of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.” The NEH institute is a part of the “We the People Project” and will be at Bethel College, St. Paul, Minn.
The “We the People Project” aims to “strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture,” Kostlevy said.
“The specific goal is to enable college and university teachers to engage students in a profound encounter with Tocqueville’s text.”
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) is the author of “Democracy in America.” His work is based on an eight-month visit to America in 1831, and emphasizes the role of religion as the social glue that held a diverse and rapidly growing society together, Kostlevy said.
Viewing the conference as a way to grow as an instructor and a scholar, Kostlevy is particularly interested in learning from faculty and other participants.
Michael Zuckert, who teaches at the University of Notre Dame, and Peter Lawler, professor of government at Berry College in Georgia, will lecture and lead small-group discussions.