American Politics Track - BCYC Immersion | Benedictine College

BCYC Immersion
American Politics Track

The American Flag

“America: The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?”

Across the country today, America, and the idea it was founded upon, are under assault from various quarters. Activists and scholars denounce the country as evil and built upon slavery—the New York Times’ 1619 Project just won a Pulitzer Prize based on that claim. Others say that it is based upon a false notion of natural rights contrary to Catholic teaching. Still others say that the idea of limited government grounded in individual liberty is no longer sufficient for our modern era, particularly in the time of pandemic. In this seminar we will explore what the purpose of politics is, and we will read from the founders and various statesmen to see if the regime is compatible with Catholicism and the natural law.

  • Session 1: June 13-18, 2021

Cost of attendance: $625.00

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Track Instructor

Dr. Susan Orr Traffas
Associate Professor of Political Science

Susan Traffas

Susan Orr Traffas, associate professor in political science, came to Benedictine College in 2008 after a decades-long career in public policy. Her areas of study include the American Founding, Political Philosophy, and Marriage and Family policy. Since coming to Benedictine College, she helped found the Honors and the Great Books Programs.

In Washington, DC, Professor Traffas spent her career in various positions in the prolife and pro-family movement. For her last seven years in Washington, she served in the George W. Bush administration, first as the associate commissioner of the Children’s Bureau at Health and Human Services overseeing the federal office in charge of child abuse, foster care, and adoption policy, and for her last year of service she oversaw the Office of Population Affairs, where she pushed through regulations that protected health-care workers’ rights of conscience with respect to abortion and sterilization.

Professor Traffas holds a BA in Politics from the University of Dallas, and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School. She is the author of Jerusalem and Athens: Reason and Revelation in the Works of Leo Strauss, and of numerous articles and chapters on political philosophy, child and family policy and the role of women in society. She is also the co-chair of the Honors program and the Great Books program.