The Tradition Project is a multi-year research initiative exploring the value of tradition for contemporary citizens and the relationship of tradition and change in today’s world. Conceived and co-directed by Professors Marc O. DeGirolami and Mark L. Movsesian, the Project seeks to develop a broad and rich understanding of what tradition—the received wisdom of the past—might continue to offer in cultivating virtuous, responsible, self-governing citizens. It will bring together leading public figures, scholars, judges, and journalists for lectures, workshops, and sponsored research. Work related to the project will include book manuscripts, journal articles, and curricular development.
The inaugural session of the Project, “Tradition in Law and Politics,” was held in New York in October 2016. Professor Michael McConnell of Stanford Law School delivered the keynote address, a video of which is available on our home page. In June 2017, the Project co-sponsored an academic conference, “Tradition and Traditionalisms Compared,” at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento, Italy. In November 2017, the Project hosted a session on “Tradition, Culture and Citizenship” in New York, with Sir Roger Scruton as the keynote speaker.
Planning is now underway for the third session of the Project, “Tradition in the Global Context,” to be held in Rome in December 2018, with the collaboration of Università LUMSA and the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy at Villanova Law School. Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito of the Supreme Court of the United States will deliver the keynote address.
The Project has been supported in part by generous grants from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Achelis and Bodman Foundation, and the Notre Dame Program on Church, State & Society.