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Conference reconsiders the nation's founders, April 2-3

The leadership of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton will be re-evaluated by a number of prominent historians during a conference, "Leadership in the Early Republic: Reconsidering Five Key Founders," on Friday and Saturday, April 2-3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

"A reconsideration of the nation's founders could not be more timely in the present era of nation building and the danger of failed states," said conference organizer Fred Greenstein , professor emeritus of politics and the director of the Woodrow Wilson School Program in Leadership Studies. "It is only by understanding the founders as human beings with distinctive strengths and weaknesses that we can establish their legacy for our own times."

The conference will begin with a keynote address on George Washington at 8 p.m. Friday by Gordon Wood of Brown University, whose 1992 book, "The Radicalism of the American Revolution," won the Pulitzer Prize for history.

The other sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A complete schedule and information about participants is available online . The conference is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and the Program in Leadership Studies.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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