Spring 2001 Special Commemorative Issue
celebration gone MADison
JMU honors James Madison on his 250th birthday with a weeklong celebration
featuring Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, consumer advocate
Ralph Nader, music, lectures, debates and awards. Read about even
more festivities Across the Nation.
Court Justice Clarence Thomas
In the James Madison Day Convocation address, Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas tells an overflow Wilson Hall Auditorium audience that
Madison deliberately created an inefficient central government and 'struck
the balance on the side of liberty.'
Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader
At the UPB lecture, consumer advocate Ralph Nader encourages students
to become activists, run for local office on the Green Party ticket
and challenge corporations.
of the Year to bring Madison to the masses
President Linwood H. Rose names the new director of JMU's James Madison
Center: 1998 National Teacher of the Year Phil Bigler, who vows to bring
Madison to the masses.
joins Rehnquist on national panel
JMU President Linwood H. Rose joins Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist
on a national panel commemorating the 250th anniversary of James Madison's
genius still resounds
James Madison created the framework for a new form of government that
has made the United States a sentinel for freedom and the envy of the
James Madison biographer Ralph Ketcham calls the genius of James Madison,
among all the nation's founding fathers, the most profound and far-reaching.
first first lady
Dolley Madison scholar Holly Shulman explores the spirit and substance
of the first lady as official hostess, as popular trendsetter and as
a full partner in the Madison political alliance.
Few records remain to tell the personal story of the man who lived a
very public life of nation building. It is left to the JMU-Montpelier
archaeological field school to reconstruct the historical record of
James Madison and his plantation community.
Descendants of enslaved African-Americans offer a fuller probing of
American history and the legacy of James Madison.