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Center for America's Founding Principles

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

The Center is happy to announce its new name--the Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America's Founding Principles.  We thank the McDonald family for their generous gift, and look forward to this exciting new chapter in the life of the Center.  Read the press release.



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, and undergraduate research fellowships.


Summer Events

In the Summer of 2014, the Center will run two great programs.  The first (June 16-28) is our Great Books travel program for high school teachers, in Athens, Greece.  The second (July 13-18) is our Great Books program for high school students.  Applications for both programs are available 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 >