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The Benson Center invited scholars to a four-week Summer Institute in Boulder. The scholars conducted research on topics that fell within the scope of the Center’s 2019-20 theme, American Identities. They participated in seminars, study groups, and other activities. 

The Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization at the University of Colorado Boulder explores the culture, languages and ideas of the Western tradition, ranging from antiquity to modern society. Its concern, first and foremost, is with the values that emerge from that tradition, and their ongoing role in the institutions of the United States.

Integral to this mission is the Benson Center’s commitment to fostering research, debate and dialogue on the fundamental issues of our time – moral, political and economic. The Center hosts a yearly roster of visiting fellows, including the Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy, Scholars in Residence, Faculty Fellows, Harper Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Fellows, and provides a forum for free and open discourse across the university community. Our aim is to promote a lively and balanced conversation that respects both conservative and liberal ideals, thus fostering the full diversity of political, economic and philosophical perspectives on the CU Boulder campus.