July 30, 2014—Great educators are always looking for ways to improve their craft and for additional resources to bring into their classroom. Perhaps even more important, however, is the fact that most teachers are life-long learners who are driven by their curiosity and their love of the subject that they teach. In pursuing opportunities for professional growth, I was directed to a seminar in one of the most unexpected places: Montpelier, the home of James Madison.
David Marion, Elliott Professor of Government & Foreign Affairs
May 13, 2014 - Hampton-Sydney's David Marion and international human rights advocates convene at the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution to explore the Madisonian approach to human rights issues.
November 5, 2013 - On November 3 and 4, the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier hosted a strategic planning summit with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, her iCivics organization, university presidents, and thought leaders from across the nation. Participants discussed how technology can be leveraged to reach both young and adult learners with the goal of inspiring them to be active, engaged citizens.
September 18, 2013 - Montpelier celebrates the 226th anniversary of the U.S Constitution in nation's capitol at the annual "State of the Constitution Lecture: What Americans Really Know," hosted in collaboration with the National Archives.
September 17, 2013 - The Constitution is old—really old. All of the men who spent the summer of 1787 behind closed doors in Philadelphia, debating and drafting, are like Roman demigods- and that is due, with good reason, to a reputation-lifting mythology that endows all of our founding fathers.
April 9, 2013 - In 1961, a 33-year-old real-estate developer surveyed an expanse of land adjacent to Washington, DC, languishing in neglect and thriving only in its junkyards and cheap motels. I imagine this place being where criminologists came up with broken windows theory. But Robert H. Smith looked at this area and he did not see failure—he saw opportunity.
Continuing my professional journey at this historic place, the home of James Madison, is a tremendous honor. Madison restored himself on these lands before returning to the Herculean task of creating a new nation. I, too, feel restored in returning home to Virginia, to the rolling Piedmont hills, and to the red earth of Orange County.