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

CCA I: U.S. Intelligence: History and Controversies

October 1 - October 4, 2023

Intelligence gathering has been an essential part of U.S. defense and foreign policy since the American Revolution.

Find out more about CCA I: U.S. Intelligence: History and Controversies »

CCA II: Great Economists

November 5 - November 8, 2023

This second CCA of the 2023-2024 academic year, co-sponsored by the Ludwig von Mises Lecture Series, will examine this debate by exploring the lives and ideas of some of history’s most influential economists.

Find out more about CCA II: Great Economists »


Over 1,500 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 Kimberley Strassel; 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.