The Kirby Center's programs aim to engage students, teachers, citizens, and policymakers with the enduring principles of the American Constitution.
Hillsdale College aims to provide its students with the knowledge and character required to defend their God-given rights and govern themselves. With this in mind, the Kirby Center's primary purpose is the teaching of Hillsdale students. Through the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP) and the George Washington Fellowship Program (GWFP) students "study abroad' in Washington, D.C. in a humane manner—with a focus on the advancement of individual liberty and limited government.
The Center hosts a variety of public events in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill to promote a true civic discourse. Our lectures—including the monthly AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series—invite scholars, journalists, and policymakers to speak on timely and significant topics form a constitutional perspective. Every September, we host a Constitution Day Celebration that features debates and lectures related to the Constitution and the principles of free government.
Hillsdale's faculty and fellows regularly address members of Congress to encourage the application of first principles in public policy decisions. The Center also sponsors the Madison Fellows Program which encourages senior staff members in the House of Reprepsentatives and in the Senate to consider current policy issues from a constitutional perspective through monthly discussions and an annual retreat.