The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship
The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship approaches the study and practice of statesmanship through a program that combines scholarly and practical attention to constitutionalism, political economy, politics and ethical reasoning. At its core is a great-books approach to both understanding and practicing responsible leadership.
The center implements the great-books approach through seminars and conferences and hosts a series of public lecturers from around the world who speak on the problems and prospects of leadership in international perspective. A vital part of the center's work includes visiting post-doctoral fellows who pursue their research within the context of the history of political, legal, economic and constitutional ideas.
The center is advised by an international board of distinguished scholars. Within the University of Richmond, the center serves faculty and students by encouraging the development of new courses and the creation of faculty seminars for the exchange of ideas about the nature and prospects of statesmanship.
The program has been made possible by the generous support of the Thomas W. Smith Foundation and is co-directed by professors Gary L. McDowell and Daniel Palazzolo.