Introduction to the Constitution

Lecture Series featuring Dr. Larry Arnn, Hillsdale College President Lecture One: The Declaration and the Constitution In this first lecture of the Introduction to the Constitution series, Dr. Larry Arnn, Hillsdale College President, argues that the American republic’s meaning and proper method of operation is found in two documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He introduces the two main principles of the Declaration–Nature and Equality–and explains how they are key to understanding the arrangements of government found in the Constitution. Lecture One Study Guide (PDF) Lecture Two: The Constitution: Representative Government In this second lecture of the Introduction to the Constitution series, Dr. Larry Arnn, Hillsdale College President, begins to outline the key arrangements of the Constitution. The topic of this lecture is the principle of Representative Government, which he argues is the most fundamental principle of the Constitution. Lecture Two Study Guide (PDF) Lecture Three: The Constitution: Separation of Powers and Limited Government In this third lecture of the Introduction to the Constitution series, Dr. Larry Arnn, Hillsdale College President, continues his outline of the key arrangements of the Constitution. He discusses the principles of Separation of Powers and Limited Government, and how they relate to Representation and the ideas of Nature and Equality in the Declaration. Lecture Three Study Guide (PDF) Week Four: Bureaucratic Versus Constitutional Government In this fourth lecture of the Introduction to the Constitution series, Dr. Larry Arnn, Hillsdale College President, draws a contrast between centralized, bureaucratic rule and constitutional government. Lecture Four Study Guide (PDF) Concluding Session: Q&A Webcast with Dr. Larry Arnn and nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt In this concluding session of the Introduction to the Constitution series, Dr. Larry Arnn, Hillsdale College President, will be joined by nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt for an hour-long webcast, where they will discuss the main points of the series, and answer questions submitted by you, our viewers!

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