Housed on the campus of Transylvania University, the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship promotes the principles and practices of effective and sustainable conflict resolution. The center’s mission, informed by the legacy of the great Kentucky statesman Henry Clay, is to educate emerging generations of leaders in the values of diplomacy, negotiation, and consensus.
A highlight of the center’s activities is its annual Student Congress, an intensive short-course in the fine art of statesmanship. Thirty-two rising high school seniors from across the United States, 16 from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and two from abroad are guests on the historic campus of Transylvania for a week each summer.
During the congress, faculty members, public officials, politicians, and business people share their expertise and insights with the students. The students, in turn, bring a wealth of experience gained through community work, leadership roles, reading, and other activities that may have awakened in them an interest in public service.
Students who participate in the congress establish friendships among their peers, building an alumni network of scholars that can prove invaluable in future endeavors, whether academic, professional, or personal.
For more information about applying for the Student Congress, visit the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship website.
In 2011, the center sponsored "The Role of the Speakers of the House: A Tribute to Henry Clay," a forum at Transylvania featuring Speaker John Boehner and former Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Dennis Hastert, moderated by CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood. Discussion focused on the history and nature of the Speaker position as well as Henry Clay's legacy.
Transylvania University admits students regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any other classification protected by federal or state law or local ordinance.