Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Will of the People - Session 1

Dick Hawkins & Jane Hukill


Thursdays, September 8 – October 13 (six weeks)

4:15 – 5:30 pm

Moderated Discussion

*This course is limited to 20 participants.


This is a facilitated discussion course. In this year of national elections, participants will read and discuss the meaning and continued significance of some of the most important texts in the history of American democracy. These include three of the Federalists Papers, George Washington’s Farewell Address, and Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. In addition, relevance of the readings to contemporary times and the upcoming election will be discussed. Besides offering interesting discussions on important topics, this course is a great way to better understand American values, their changes over time and how national candidates portray those values. Participants are expected to have a copy of The Will of the People from the Great Books Foundation (available for purchase in the WC-ALL office).