CCS Highlights


This page highlights various CCS happenings, co-sponsored events, and staff accomplishments.

Making Peace Amidst Partisanship

U.S. Congress meeting

This August, Dr. Rodney K. Smith published an article on James and Dolley Madison, and the key to making peace amidst partisanship. This piece used the examples of James and Dolley Madison and some personal friends of Dr. Smith to describe how Americans ought to behave toward one another, despite their personal and political differences.




Making Peace Amidst Partisanship

Perspectives on Political Science

The Consitution of the United States on Parchment

In September of 2016, the Center for Constitutional Studies held a conference to evaluate and honor Justice Scalia’s legacy on the Supreme Court. A number of the speakers at that conference wanted to extend their reflections, and this resulted in the essays featured in the journal, “Perspectives on Political Science.” The online versions of these essays were recently published. The links can be found below: 

“The Originalist and Democratic Legacy of Antonin Scalia” by (CCS Assistant Director) Carl Eric Scott 
“The Political Thought of Justice Antonin Scalia: A Hamiltonian Conservative” by James B. Staab 
“James Madison, Justice Scalia, and Constitutional Interpretation” by Jeffry H. Morrison 
“Antonin Scalia and the Dilemma of Constitutional Originalism” by Nelson Lund
“Text and Tradition: Justice Scalia’s Consistent Application of His Original Public Meaning Approach to Separation of Powers” by Ralph A. Rossum

Videos of the Scalia conference are published on our Youtube page and the event page.

Statement on the Quill Project

The Consitution of the United States on Parchment

On June 6, 2018, Dr. Rodney K. Smith published an article focusing on The Quill Project and how it brings the true intent of the Constitution to light. His article expressed the concern of how little Americans know about the Constitution and followed that concern with a solution.

The Quill Project

President Trump's Tariffs

U.S. Congress meeting

On March 22, 2018, former Congressman and current professor of political science at Utah Valley University, Ernest Istook, wrote a commentary on Congress's complaints against President Trump's tariffs.

President Trump's Tariffs

Tale of Two Constitutions

Painting of a woman holding the French flag and woman holding the American Flag

On September 18, 2017, Associate Director Andrew Bibby, represented the Center by participating in the event, Tale of Two Constitutions, where he joined other scholars in discussing the revolutions and constitutions of France and America, and their influence on one another. Dr. Andrew Bibby spoke at the second panel entitled, Montesquieu, the French Enlightenment, and American Constitutional Thought.

Interview with Rod Arquette

On August 29, 2017, Director Rodney Smith was interviewed on the Rod Arquette radio show. On the show, the two discussed the recent op-ed that Smith co-authored with a previous Wood Assistant, Josman Cereceres, entitled Follow the Framers of the Constitution.

Watch on Youtube

Follow the Framers of the Constitution

Portrait of James Madison

On August 28, 2017, Director Rodney K. Smith and previous Wood Assistant Josman Cereceres published an article in the Deseret News entitled Follow the Framers of the Constitution. The op-ed addresses term limits in Congress and the dialogue surrounding the issue.










Read Follow the Framers of the Constitution


Turning Points in History

Portrait of James Madison

On March 02, 2017, CCS was given the opportunity to co-sponsor a lecture, hosted by the UVU Department of History and Political Science as part of its "Turning Points in History" Lecture Series. "Motley Rabble' or Martyrs for Liberty? The Boston Massacre and the Problem of Community," was presented by Dr. Eric Hinderaker, professor of history at the University of Utah.





Turning Points Event


State Senate Night

Portrait of James Madison

In January 2013, CCS hosted a State Senate night with Senator Margaret Dayton and Senator Mark Madsen.

State Senate Night Event

First Freedom Film Premiere

First Freedom Premiere

November 02, 2012, CCS Had the privilege of hosting the Utah Premiere of PBS's "First Freedom." Director Roy E. Goodman discussed the themes presented in the film. Mr. Goodman appeared on a panel along with Randall Balmer, Dartmouth Professor in the Arts and Sciences, Matthew S. Holland, former President of UVU, and CCS Director, Rick Griffin.

Premiere Event