CNU Center for American Studies

Christopher Newport University's Center for American Studies undertakes the task of promoting undergraduate and faculty scholarship on America's founding principles and history, economic foundations, and national security in order to promote sensible notions of political liberty, economic liberty, and civic responsibility. To this end, the Center for American Studies sponsors programming, curricular development, annual conferences, national security workshops, and research at the undergraduate and postdoctoral levels.

As Thomas Jefferson observed, the survival of a democracy requires an educated public. Unfortunately, there is significant reason to conclude that American universities are no longer providing a sufficient education in the major political and military issues of the day. The Center for American Studies at CNU is dedicated to reversing this appalling educational trend. Because the students who are currently enrolled in America’s colleges will soon shoulder the responsibilities of leading this country, it is imperative that American colleges reinvigorate the education of tomorrow’s leaders.

Recent Events:

  • March 31, 2014 "College: What is it For?" A lecture by National Humanities Medal Recipient Dr. Andrew H. Delbanco, Columbia University