By supporting scholarship in the social sciences and humanities and providing an environment that will encourages interdisciplinary discourse on some of today’s vital global and national concerns, the Institute contributes to the advancement and diffusion of knowledge that the JMU’s namesake held constituted “the only guardian of true liberty.” The Institute consequently


draws upon and fosters the resources of the academic community—including the educational vocation of the university and the research of its faculty—to offer enhancement opportunities to JMU faculty and students as well as initiatives aimed at policymakers, other scholars, and the public at large.

The Institute carries out its mission through its ongoing research and analysis projects, publications, the Guardian Lecture Series, and other events—all of which seek to foster engagement and discussion by faculty, students, and members of the community of the major issues affecting American interests broadly defined, including: more