If you want to:

– better understand the intellectual roots of a free and prosperous society,

– be equipped with practical leadership skills, and

– rub shoulders with future leaders

…then the Carolina Summer Academy is for you!

Applications are now closed

 Click here to see the Class of 2013


The inaugural Carolina Summer Academy will allow motivated young professionals and scholars to gain an invaluable theoretical grounding in philosophy, economics, politics, law, culture, and religion, while also refining useful leadership skills in practical workshops and simulations. The Academy will take place at Palmetto Bluff resort in Bluffton, SC. After a competitive application process, selected participants will be hosted free of charge for five days and four nights as they engage in vigorous intellectual exchange with award-winning scholars and speakers from around the world and from right here in the Carolinas. In particular, we will focus on thinking deeply about and strengthening the twin pillars of the American experiment in self-government: liberty and virtue. Cultural activities will also feature the history, art, music, and literature of the Carolinas!



Courses will be taught by top-quality scholars and teachers from around the world, including:

— Bruce Caldwell (Professor of economics and Director, Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University)
— William DeMars (Professor and Chair, Department of Government at Wofford College)
— Roger Pilon (Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC)
— Juliana Geran Pilon (Professor and Director, Center for Culture and Security at the Institute of World Politics, Washington, DC)
— Sam Potolicchio (Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University; named one of 300 Best Professors by the Princeton Review)
— Melvin Schut (Assistant Professor of philosophy at Amsterdam University College)
— Roger Scruton (Visiting Professor at Oxford University and Senior Fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington, DC)



Academic Courses include:

Politics / Philosophy
— “Ideas Have Consequences: A Tour of Western Thought”
— “The First Principles of Liberty”
— “Was Lincoln the Father of Big Government?”
— “The Nature of Rights: Can Human Rights be Created?”
— “The Limits of Democracy: Tocqueville on Freedom and Virtue”
— “American Statecraft and National Security: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century”
— “Conservatism, Liberalism, and the Progressive Transformation of American Politics”
— “Freedom and Markets: The Clash of Economic Ideas”
— “Friedrich von Hayek and the Austrian Tradition of Economics”
— “Property Rights: The Key to Prosperity”
— “Entrepreneurship: From Theory to Practice”
— “Work, Opportunity, and Dignity in Proper Perspective”
Culture / Society
— “Art, Architecture, and Music in Modern Life”
— “Why Beauty Matters”
— “Wonderful, Troubled Waters: Race, Class, and History in the American South”
— “The American Tradition of Religious Liberty”
— “Shifting Definitions of Life, Liberty, and Love”
— “Globalization: Constant Change, Enduring truths”
Practical Sessions & Workshops include:
— “Virtues of Leadership: Statesmanship profiles”
— “Managing Yourself: The Challenge of a lifetime”
— “Public Speaking: Mastering the Art of Persuasion”
— “Writing Workshop: Making Arguments that Make Sense”
— “South Carolina and U.S. Federalism: Education Reform Essentials”
— “Constitution drafting convention simulation”
*Plus nightly cultural and social events featuring the history, art, music, and literature of the Carolinas!



The inaugural Carolina Summer Academy is sponsored in part by:

 Palmetto Policy Forum    BB&T   Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarburough LLP   BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

If you have questions about the Academy, please contact Joel Bowers at