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"The unexamined life is not worth living."

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The mission of the Political Theory Institute (PTI) is to encourage the serious study of the great questions of political theory and to bring the insights of political theorists to bear on current issues and events.
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The Purpose of a Liberal Education

Robert George and Cornel West led a discussion on the purpose of a liberal education at American University.

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The Political Theory Institute prepares students for a diverse array of graduate programs and career paths.

Jonathan Rauch's Top Ten Reasons Not to Silence Speech

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Civil War Cannon

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Professors Link Relevance of Civil War to Political Debate Today

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Lecture Series

Feb 28, 2019 5:30—7PM
Kerwin 301
Jerry Muller, "The Tyranny of Metrics"

March 21, 2019 5:30—7PM
Kerwin 301
Janus Forum Conversation

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