About freedom.ou.edu

Freedom.ou.edu is a program of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage at the University of Oklahoma dedicated to promoting civic education through short, topical, online talks related to citizenship, freedom, and the Constitution. This site acts as a hub for lifelong learning on the web. Numerous programs will be hosted, including Freedom 101: an ongoing series of short, 15-minute lectures on American constitutional law and constitutional history. The first set of lectures are delivered by Justin Wert of Political Science and Lindsay Robertson of the College of Law, two of OU’s most distinguished and popular scholars and teachers. And this is just the beginning…

About IACH

Universities, especially public universities, can do more to promote civic education. That simple idea led President David Boren of the University of Oklahoma to found the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage.The motto of OU is civi et reipublicae: for the citizen and for the country.The motto reminds us that citizenship training is an integral part of higher education’s mission and its justification. The IACH is inherently multidisciplinary, bringing together historians, legal scholars, political scientists, classicists, and others in a shared exploration of constitutional foundations. The IACH at OU offers a unique undergraduate curriculum called “Constitutional Studies,” which can be pursued as a free-standing minor or a concentration within the Letters major. More information The IACH sponsors a broad range of programming free and open to the public, like our annual Teach-In.The outreach mission of the IACH brings the talents and resources of its faculty to the broader community, and in turn the community enriches the conversations hosted by the IACH. For more information, email iach@ou.edu.

Meet the Team

Kyle Harper Kyle Harper Director, Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage kyleharper@ou.edu  An Edmond native, Kyle Harper graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Letters from OU in 2001. After pursuing his Master’s and Ph.D. In History at Harvard University, Kyle returned to his home state in 2009 to become the  Director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage and Associate Professor of Classics and Letters at the University of Oklahoma. He is a specialist on Roman History, with particular interests in Roman law and Roman economic development.  His first book, Slavery in the Late Roman World, appeared from Cambridge University Press in 2011.   Adam Croom freedom.ou.edu Project Director, Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage a.croom@ou.edu  Originally from Yukon, OK, Adam Croom graduated from OU with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism in 2009. He came back to work at OU in 2011 and currently serves as the Marketing and PR Coordinator for OU Economic Development as well the freedom.ou.edu Project Director. Adam is also the licensee and curator for TEDxOU, an independently-organized TED event, that meets annually to foster, celebrate and accelerate the exchange of ideas worth spreading within Norman and beyond.  In college, Adam was an Intern with the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, a Gaylord Ambassador, an OU Student Media employee, and created and hosted the first OU WIRE radio show dedicated to Oklahoma music. Rachelle BarteauRachelle Barteau Marketing/PR Specialist, Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage rachelle_barteau@ou.edu Rachelle Barteau received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at the University of Oklahoma in May 2012. A native to Oklahoma, she was born and raised in Duncan. During college, she interned at New York City-based agency Wieden+Kennedy, one of the top advertising agencies in the country, and Publicis Dallas. Her focus is now directed towards all marketing and design efforts for the Institute.