Founded in 1969, the Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World is CMC's oldest research institute and the first of its kind in the world. The Center's mission is to develop close relationships between students and scholars and to engage in the study of political philosophy and freedom as it relates to American Constitutionalism and the American Founding. It seeks to understand, and, if possible, to hearten, the moral, political and intellectual underpinnings of democracy in America.
The Salvatori Center examines timeless truths in an effort to understand our civic condition. Through conferences, lectures and publications, the Center draws attention to the relationship between freedom and virtue, liberty and law, and political philosophy and political practice. Past speakers at Salvatori conferences and lectures include political theorist Harvey C. Mansfield, theologian Richard John Neuhaus, author William F. Buckley, Jr., Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman and other prominent scholars and leaders.
In addition to the events the institute sponsors, each year the Center employs student research assistants and fellows. Four to five students are competitively selected and named as research assistants, while two to three others are competitively selected and named as Harrison Fellows, for which they receive a $1,200 - $2,500 stipend to conduct research on a topic related to the Center's mission.