Center for Constructive Alternatives

Center for Constructive Alternatives

Hillsdale’s Center for Constructive Alternatives (CCA) is the sponsor of one of the largest college lecture series in America.

CCA seminars are held four times each year. Students are required to complete one CCA seminar during their undergraduate years. They may elect to enroll in more.

Lectures are open to the public, and out-of-town guests are welcomed.

Contact Information

(517) 607-2318  [email protected]

Upcoming CCAs

Soviet Communism

October 1 - October 4, 2017

This first CCA of the 2017-2018 academic year will explore that revolution’s leaders, its animating ideology, and the 70-year history of the tyrannical regime to which it gave birth.

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Markets and Policy

November 5 - November 8, 2017

This CCA will examine ways to reverse command-and-control governmental economic operations.

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The Sixties

January 28 - January 31, 2018

This CCA will provide a retrospective evaluation of the 1960s.

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Films of Billy Wilder

March 18 - March 22, 2018

This CCA will explore Wilder’s life, genius, and legacy.

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Over thirteen hundred speakers have participated in CCA seminars since 1972, including statesmen like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher; political scientists like Harry V. Jaffa and Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr.; historians like Stephen Ambrose and Martin Gilbert; novelists like Madeleine L’Engle and Tom Wolfe; journalists like Brit Hume and Michael Medved; scientists like Edward Teller; filmmakers like Peter Bogdanovich; economists like Nobel Laureate James Buchanan and Walter Williams; foreign policy experts like Jeane J. Kirkpatrick; theologians like Malcolm Muggeridge and Michael Novak; athletes like Peggy Fleming; and businessmen like Steve Forbes and Dave Thomas.


Videos of past CCA seminars have been recorded and can be accessed through the links below.

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