Dr. Larry Arnn
President, Hillsdale College

Presentation Title: The Constitution, Personal Liberty, and Self-government

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August 15, 2019
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Luncheon Menu

Chicken Salad Croissant sandwiches, homemade kettle chips and tossed salad (salad served family style)

Vegetarian - Grilled Vegetable and Boursin cheese Croissant Sandwich

about the speaker

Program Synopsis: We today neglect the constitution because we forget its purposes. According to those who wrote it, its purpose was to make possible for the first time a government depending upon the will of the people and, for that reason, a government capable of protecting the rights of all. Their arguments about this, especially as they appear in the Federalists, are worth rediscovery today.

Point/Counterpoint is a new two-part series offered by the Akron Roundtable in which speakers help create a public dialogue around important topics. These luncheons will occur in subsequent months, with a different viewpoint being explored on the same topic each month. The goal of these luncheons is to help people learn from each other, foster civil discourse, and build relationships.


Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School. He also studied at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill.

From 1985 to 2000, he served as president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanshiip and Political Philosophy. In 1996, he was founding chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative, which prohibited racial preferences in state hiring, contracting and admissions.

Dr. Arnn is on the board of directors of The Heritage Foundation, the Henry Salvatori Center of Claremont McKenna College, the Phildelphia Society, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Claremont Institute. He served on the U.S. Army War College  Board of Visitors for two years, for which he earned the Deparment of Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. In 2015, he received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

Dr. Arnn is author of three books: Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education; The Founder's Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing it; and Churchill's Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government.