Inaugural Student Congress held on campus
Addressing the need to bridge the nation’s and the world’s differences, the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship launched its inaugural Student Congress in July, with Transylvania playing a key role.
The Congress brought together 51 rising college seniors from 50 states and the District of Columbia, nominated by their respective state’s senior U.S. senator and college and university officials, with the goal of promoting statesmanship through Henry Clay’s ideals of debate, diplomacy, communication, and beneficial compromise.
The curriculum for the unique one-week course was titled Resolving Conflict in the Modern World. The first full day of the conference was held on Transy’s campus, an appropriate choice for an event bearing the name of Henry Clay.
“As we review the early history of this 228-year-old institution, we find that Henry Clay had a profound influence on the University,” President Charles L. Shearer said during his opening remarks. “In 1812, the trustees appointed Henry Clay to a search committee charged with finding a president. As a result, Horace Holley, one of Transylvania’s most successful presidents, was appointed.”
Clay also taught in Transylvania’s early law school and served on the University’s Board of Trustees.
The day included sessions with Transylvania writing, rhetoric, and communication professor Scott Whiddon and political science professor Don Dugi, and a tour of Special Collections led by special collections librarian B. J. Gooch (below).