Charles Carroll Program Expands with Help From a Generous Alumnus

The Charles Carroll Program at the College of the Holy Cross is expanding its programming this year thanks to a generous gift from alumnus Robert Henzler ’55. Named after the only Roman Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Charles Carroll Program promotes the study of the American political tradition"s major themes, which are distinctly connected to the College's broader commitment to the liberal arts and Jesuit education. Using this lens, the program brings a series of highly regarded speakers to campus to lecture on topics ranging from historical political figures to market economics.

The Robert R. Henzler '55 Fund has enabled the Carroll Program to expand its scope and extend its reach on—and beyond—campus with workshops, lectures, internships and a conference.  The program is led by Donald Brand, professor of political science, and Daniel Klinghard, associate professor of political science. “Mr. Henzler’s gift is allowing us to expand our speakers series and to bring to campus experts representing a diversity of viewpoints, thereby exposing students to the full range of opinions on topics of contemporary controversy,” explains Brand.

Now in its fourth year at the College, the program is also funded by Manhattan Institute’s VERITAS Fund for Higher Education at DonorsTrust, a donor-advised fund that seeks out professors at top-tier universities who are committed to bringing intellectual pluralism to their institutions.

Geared towards the development of rising sophomores, students may apply to take part in either summer research or a summer internship, which is made possible by the Henzler’s gift. Second-year students may also enroll in the seminar, ‘Greed: From Christianity to Capitalism.’ Open to all majors, the class is highly selective and students must be nominated and apply to participate.  The interdisciplinary course provides extensive exposure to the writings of Adam Smith, both as a moral philosopher and a pioneer of political economy.

“The seminar concludes with a brief overview of the contemporary economic crisis and the strengths, and weaknesses of an explanation of this crisis in terms of greed,” says Brand.

“Sophomore year is the perfect time to develop one’s interests and engage in deeper thought,” adds Klinghard.

The program will also feature a two-day conference in the spring comprised of lectures and panels discussing the thoughts of Adam Smith.  Students will have the opportunity to sit on the panels and share their thoughts.

Other speakers brought to campus this semester include Ronald Pestritto, from Hillsdale College, who spoke on "Was Lincoln a Progressive?"; Jerry Muller, from Catholic University, whose talk was titled "Thank God for Greed”; and Richard Boyd from Georgetown University.

The Charles Carroll program also funds the Jack-Miller Veritas Posdoctoral Teaching Fellow, which began in 2011. This year Faisal Baluch joined the political science department. Baluch received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Notre Dame.  He was a Loescher fellow at Notre Dame, where he taught courses titled “Arab Spring” and “Politics and the Novel.”  His main area of research is the history of political thought. He is currently working on a book-length study of Machiavelli’s political thought.

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