‘The Madisons at Montpelier’ at this week’s IRP

The Feb. 18 session of the Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP) will host Ralph Ketcham, professor emeritus of history, public affairs and political science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

Ketcham will reflect on James and Dolley Madison, the restoration of Montpelier, their home in Virginia, and what has been learned about their life during his retirement years.

Ketcham is the author of several books, including “The Idea of Democracy in the Modern Era” (University Press of Kansas, 2004); “Framed for Posterity: The Enduring Philosophy of the Constitution” (University Press of Kansas, 1993); “James Madison, A Biography” (American Political Biography Press, 1971, 1991), and most recently, “The Madisons at Montpelier: Reflections on the Founding Couple” (University of Virginia Press, 2009).

Ketcham received a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and is an expert in American political thought, the American Revolution, public policy and comparative political cultures.

The Institute for Retired Professionals, established by University College of Syracuse University, provides opportunities for retired people to stay intellectually active, to expand interests and make new acquaintances. Presentations are made by SU faculty and specialists within the community.

Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Syracuse, 5833 E. Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. Several times each year, members may take part in special activities such as day trips, tours and luncheons.

For more information on this program, call University College of Syracuse University at (315) 443-4846 or visit  www.yesu.syr.edu/IRP.