The Carolina Fellowship is a six-day-long intensive series of seminars that explore the foundational principles of the United States in the context of Western civilization.
Intended for recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals from North America who have demonstrated leadership potential, its purpose is to ground future leaders in the ideals of responsible liberty at an early stage of their academic and professional development.
Convened in beautiful Bluffton, South Carolina, the program serves as a retreat where participants explore the interrelationships that exist between liberty, prosperity, and beauty while acquiring the necessary tools to further their education and become effective leaders in their respective communities and career fields.
During the program, fellows will explore topics such as:
Mr. Det Bowers is a principal at Wilson Kibler, South Carolina’s most accomplished independent full-service commercial real estate firm. Prior to joining Wilson Kibler, Mr. Bowers served as a licensed attorney practicing in federal, state, and municipal courts. Other business involvements have included real estate development, retail development and operations, agribusiness, forestry products, outdoor advertising, and insurance.
Dr. Tim Eriksen is an acclaimed musician who has transformed the American tradition with his interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel, and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and bajo sexto. Dr. Eriksen’s compositions have been featured in films and documentaries. He has extensively contributed to an Oscar-winning film and a Grammy-nominated album. His collaborations range from hardcore punk and Bosnian pop to symphony orchestra.
Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon is a senior fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, New York. For many years, she was a professor of politics and culture and director of the Center for Culture and Security at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. She is author of eight books and over 200 articles on international affairs and philosophy.
Dr. Robert Jeffrey is a professor of government and international affairs at Wofford College. He previously served as a presidential appointee in the Reagan Administration and sat on the academic board of advisors at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. He has authored multiple books and publications and now teaches on topics ranging from American political thought and constitutional law to British politics and literature.
Mr. Catesby Leigh is a co-founder and research fellow at the National Civic Art Society. After graduating from Princeton, he spent most of the 1980s as a foreign correspondent for the Atlanta-based Cox Newspapers in South America. He grew increasingly interested in traditional architectural environments and was struck by their modernist counterparts’ failure to achieve comparable levels of physical or visual amenity. Leigh’s first architecture articles appeared in 1991, and since then he has contributed art and architecture criticism to a wide range of publications.
Dr. Joshua Mitchell is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and a professor of political theory at Georgetown University. He has also been chairman of the government department and associate dean of faculty affairs at Georgetown University in Qatar. He has published several books including The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time.
The Hon. Jon Parrish Peede is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society, the visiting writer in residence at Mississippi Valley State University, a public HBCU institution, and the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As chairman, he awarded more than $500 million to universities, museums, libraries, scholars, and cultural nonprofits nationwide. He is the co-editor of Inside the Church of Flannery O’Connor: Sacrament, Sacramental, and the Sacred in Her Fiction. He has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New York Times, Stars & Stripes, Inside Higher Education, NPR, Bloomberg Radio, BBC, CSPAN, PBS, and other media outlets. He completed his B.S. at Vanderbilt University and M.A. at the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Roger Pilon is the founding director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, the inaugural holder of the B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies, the founding publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review, and vice president for legal affairs at the Cato Institute. Prior to joining Cato, Pilon held five senior posts in the Reagan administration.
Dr. Jay Richards is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, and the executive editor of The Stream. Richards is author or editor of more than a dozen books and is also executive producer of several documentaries. His articles and essays have been published in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The Federalist, among other outlets.
Dr. David Rose is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and professor of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His primary areas of research interest are behavioral economics, political economy, and organization theory. In 2008, he received the St. Louis Business Journal’s Economic Educator of the year award. His book, The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior was selected as one of CHOICE’s outstanding titles of 2012 and was nominated for the Hayek Book Prize. He frequently contributes to policy debates through radio and television interviews as well as in op-eds in outlets such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Word on Business, The School Choice Advocate, Forbes, The Washington Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 1987 from the University of Virginia and his B.S. from Southwest Missouri State University.
Mr. Justin Shubow is president of the National Civic Art Society and former chairman of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. He is the author of a variety of architectural commentaries, has taught courses on the topics of public art and architecture, and has overseen restoration projects. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation and the Board of Academic Advisors of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization.
Dr. Christopher Tollefsen is a distinguished professor and chair of philosophy at the University of South Carolina. He is a leading scholar of natural law and natural rights, who has expertise on the classical, medieval, and modern traditions of thought. He has made important contributions to philosophical scholarship in the areas of bioethics, the ethics of inquiry, and the role of intention in shaping the meaning of human action. He is currently working on projects related to human rights as a follow up to his recent work with the U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights.
All materials, with the exception of recommendations and transcripts, may be emailed as a single PDF attachment to email@example.com with the subject line “Application to Carolina Fellowship.” Letters of recommendation and official transcripts may be emailed to the same address or sent via regular post to the address below. (Electronic applications are strongly encouraged.)
ATTN: Carolina Fellowship
Common Sense Society
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Questions regarding the fellowship can be directed to Vice President of Education Dr. Murray Bessette at firstname.lastname@example.org.