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FREEDOM & CITIZENSHIP
Beginning in 2009, the Center for American Studies has collaborated with the Double Discovery Center on a program that introduces high school students to college-level work in the humanities and prepares them for lives as informed, responsible citizens.
A small group of rising seniors from public high schools come to campus each summer for a rigorous three-week seminar that examines major philosophical works on the meanings of freedom and citizenship from the ancient world to the present. Taught by Roosevelt Montas, Director of Columbia's Core Curriculum, and Tamara Mann Tweel, the John R. Strassburger Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies, the seminar emphasizes close reading and analysis of works by Plato, Aristotle, Thucydides, Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, the American Founders, Lincoln, Du Bois, Dewey, King, and others...