Center for Freedom and Western Civilization Fellows

The Center for Freedom and Western Civilization has been established at Colgate University as a forum for civic debate and scholarly research.

The Center seeks to enliven the intellectual discourse among students and faculty on campus by promoting a set of ideals that have their origins in Western civilization but are universal in scope and appeal. 

First and foremost is the ideal of classical liberal arts education - an education worthy of a free citizen and a free mind that is based on a rigorous and unflinching encounter with the ‘great books’ of the Western tradition. We believe that these books contain timeless wisdom about the good life and the nature of man and reality and should be at the core of a liberal arts education.

Second, we believe in the ideals of free speech, free enterprise, and constitutional democracy, especially as they have been understood and established by the American founding fathers. The serious study of these ideals and institutions – from the time of the early American Republic to the contemporary world – is critical in educating citizens and leaders for today. The great debates surrounding the ideals of freedom and democracy need to be presented with respectful appreciation as well as with critical detachment. 
Third, we seek not only to feature these ideals in campus debates but also to foster their growth at home and abroad. Accordingly, we honor students whose projects make significant contributions to understanding freedom and Western civilization and to promoting them in their future careers. And we seek to cultivate the growth freedom in other nations around the world.

Summer 2018 Research Fellows

The Center for Freedom and Western Civilization will sponsor up to three students each summer to pursue faculty-mentored summer research projects focused on themes related to the Western heritage of freedom and civilization. Projects can utilize a range of research methodologies and technologies, and can be done at Colgate or off-campus.

  • James Madison Summer Research Fellows
    Students pursuing projects at Colgate under the guidance of Colgate professors.
  • Stone Fellows
    Students pursuing research projects at the CEVRO Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, under the guidance of CEVRO faculty.


Both the James Madison and the Stone Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,500 for the summer; Stone Fellows will receive additional funds (up to $2,000) to support travel and on-site research. 


Current second- or third-year students may apply. Deadlines are April 15. Please send one-page proposal to Professor Robert Kraynak,

Contact Information

Co-directors: Bob KraynakCarolyn Guile
Advisory Board: See here