The Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America's Founding Principles 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

In Fall of 2014, the McDonald Center began offering its first course, a general education course on America's Founding Principles.  The Center is also sponsoring, once again, a full slate of speakers during this academic year.  Also, see our publications with Mercer University Press.



The Center’s programming includes an annual lecture series, the A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas, high school teacher and student workshops, faculty-student reading groups, a general education course on America's Founding Principles, and undergraduate research fellowships.


Summer Events

In the Summer of 2019 (June 23-28), we will hold our Great Books program for high school studentsApplications are being accepted now.


Support Us

To make a financial contribution to the McDonald Center you will be directed to the University Giving Page, once on the form please select the "Other" box and indicate that your gift is for the McDonald Center for America's Founding Principles. Give Now >