McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles to Host Lecture by Dr. Carson Holloway on Constitution’s Power over Commerce

Dr. Carson Holloway

MACON – Mercer University’s Thomas and Ramona McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. will host a lecture by University of Nebraska Omaha professor Dr. Carson Holloway on “The Founders, the Commerce Power, and the National Interest.”

Dr. Holloway, associate professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences, will speak in the Presidents Dining Room inside the University Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled to have Carson Holloway at Mercer, as he has recently made some very impressive contributions to the scholarship of the American founding,” said Dr. Will Jordan, associate professor of political science and co-director of the McDonald Center. “This lecture will focus on the frequently controversial application of the Constitution’s power over commerce, and Professor Holloway will try to shed some light on this subject. This is a subject befitting one of the country’s leading scholars of Alexander Hamilton.”

Dr. Holloway earned his Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University in 1998. In 2005-2006, he was William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

He has published several books in political philosophy and political thought, including Hamilton versus Jefferson in the Washington Administration: Completing the Founding or Betraying the Founding? (Cambridge University Press, 2015), The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity (Baylor University Press, 2008), The Right Darwin: Evolution, Religion, and the Future of Democracy (Spence Publishing, 2006) and All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics (Spence Publishing, 2001).

Dr. Holloway is co-editor of Reason, Revelation, and the Civic Order: Political Philosophy and the Claims of Faith (Northern Illinois University Press, 2014) and editor of Magnanimity and Statesmanship (Lexington Books, 2008). Most recently, he co-edited the two-volume collection The Political Writings of Alexander Hamilton (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

His scholarly articles have appeared in The Review of Politics, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy and Perspectives on Political Science.

About the Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles

The Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles exists to supplement Mercer University’s excellent liberal arts program with a redoubled commitment to the foundational texts and ideas that have shaped Western Civilization and the American political order. This focus on the core texts of the Western tradition helps to revitalize a cross-centuries dialogue about citizenship, human rights, and political, economic and religious freedom, thereby deepening the moral imagination and fostering civic and cultural literacy.

The McDonald Center’s programming includes the annual A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas, faculty-student reading groups, a general education course on America’s Founding Principles, summer Great Books programs for high school teachers and students, and undergraduate research fellowships. All programming is designed to enhance Mercer’s longstanding role as a distinctive home of liberal learning, a place where serious students come to live the life of the mind and emerge more thoughtful and engaged citizens.