The Center for the Teaching of America's Western Foundations exists to supplement Mercer University's excellent liberal arts program with a redoubled commitment to the foundational texts and ideas which have shaped Western Civilization and the American political order.

What's New

This spring, the Center is hosting two faculty-student reading groups.  The first will focus on Tocqueville's Democracy in America.  The second, made possible by a grant from the Charles G. Koch foundation, will explore "Jefferson, Hamilton, and the Political Economy of the American Founding."


The Center’s programming includes an annual lecture series and academic conference, high school teacher workshops, faculty-student reading groups, and undergraduate research fellowships.

Summer Events

In June of 2010, the Center hosted two Great Books Summer Seminars for High School Teachers on the topic of “Citizenship and Culture of Freedom.”  This program was made possible through a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation.

In July of 2011, the Center is sponsoring a Great Books Summer Program for High School Students.

Support Us

To make a financial contribution to The Center, please click here.  You will be directed to the University Advancement Page, where you can click the "other" box and indicate that your gift is for The Center for The Teaching of America's Western Foundations.