The American Founding is key to our country’s history, politics, and sense of identity. Civic education must instill in students a profound understanding of and appreciation for our country’s founding principles. Join The Heritage Foundation’s David Azerrad for a crash course on how to make sense of the Founding, with a particular emphasis on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and on what our founding documents mean today.
David Azerrad devotes his time and research to increasing public understanding of America’s founding principles. As associate director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, Azerrad helps oversee what essentially is The Heritage Foundation’s “mini-university” for lectures, seminars, research papers, and publications that teach the tenets of the American political tradition to policymakers, elected leaders, and the public at large.
Azerrad is a doctoral candidate in politics at the University of Dallas. He is writing a dissertation on the foundations of John Locke’s political thought. While at the University of Dallas, he taught the undergraduate course “Principles of American Politics.”
Before joining Heritage in September 2010, Azerrad spent two years at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, pushing civic literacy and trying to shake up higher education. In 2007 he was a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute in California.
Azerrad’s articles, op-eds, and editorials have appeared in various newspapers, magazines, and academic journals, including The Times of London (writing as a correspondent in Malaysia), the New York Daily News, and Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Azerrad received his master of arts degree in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Concordia University in Montreal. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.
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How to Teach the Principles of the Founding
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