The Center for Freedom and Western Civilization is home to the following forums of academic research and discussion.

Forum on Security and Democracy

Co-directorsAlexander “Sasha” Nakhimovsky, Alice Nakhimovsky

The forum on Security and Democracy sponsors events on the topics of national security, the American military, foreign policy, and democratic development in countries around the world. It was formerly known as "Project Afghanistan."

Forum on Classical Studies

Director: Robert Garland

Director Robert Garland’s goal is to make the classics of Greek and Roman philosophy come alive for modern audiences. Known for his popular lecture series in the Great Courses, Professor Garland has developed a creative project on the life and death of Socrates: a video with sound narration and music on Plato’s Apology that is entitled, “Socrates on Death Row.” It will be a teaching resource for Colgate’s core curriculum, Core 151: Legacies of the Ancient World, and will be shown in the Ho Center's Visualization Lab for students and the public.

Forum on Constitutional Government

Director: Stanley Brubaker

Professor Brubaker starts the lecture series every year with a Constitution Day debate on Sept.17, about the legal and constitutional issues surrounding important topics of the day.

Forum on Economic Freedom

Director: Chad Sparber

The Forum on Economic Freedom is directed by Chad Sparber, professor and chair of economics. Professor Sparber has worked to bring speakers on immigration, the economics of philanthropy and altruism, the international debt crisis, and the virtues of free enterprise.

Forum on Western Art and Culture

DirectorCarolyn C. Guile

Director Carolyn C. Guile is an expert in art history and winner of a Fulbright scholarship for her research (supported by the Center) on church architecture in Poland. She sponsored Professor Michael Danti's lecture on destruction of cultural antiquities in Syria by ISIS.

Forum on Race and Public Policy

Director: Nina Moore

The Program on Race and Public Policy is directed by Nina Moore, professor of political science.

Forum on Philosophy and Religion

Co-directors: David Dudrick, Jacob Klein

The Program on Philosophy and Religion is co-directed by David Dudrick, George Carleton Jr. professor of philosophy and director, Sophomore Residential Scholars Program; and Jacob Klein, associate professor of philosophy.