The Mission of the Center
From its foundation the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship has had one defining mission, “educating a new generation of leaders in the principles of statesmanship.”
2017 Bourbon Barrel of Compromise
In 2015, The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship renewed a tradition begun by Henry Clay, with the Bourbon Barrel of Compromise, begun two centuries ago when Henry Clay brought a barrel of bourbon to the Willard Hotel to encourage progress through the accommodation of wide-ranging interests. Join us to toast a return to respect dialogue, negotiation and compromise.
Former Senate Majority Leaders Rally Behind Promoting Civil Political Discourse
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle join the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship as honorary co-chairmen of the non-profit organization.
WELCOME TO THE HENRY CLAY CENTER FOR STATESMANSHIP
About Henry Clay
We live in an age marked by political polarization. Our nation and the world have become increasingly turbulent. We watch that turbulence turn into violence on the evening news. Now, more than ever, we need to cultivate the ideals of statesmanship at all levels; we need to train individuals to resolve conflict, to learn the art of compromise.
"A transformative experience...Being at a place where everyone held a mutual interest in politics created a space where respectful debate could occur. Over the course of a week, I made friends from all around the country - and we still keep in touch."Member of the 2017 Student Congress
"The College Student Congress was a fantastic experience in statesmanship and innovation. It set me on a path to a career in public service."Member of the 2017 College Student Congress
“My week spent at the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship was the foremost formative experience of my academic life. I was stretched to consider new possibilities and ideas while surrounded by an amazing group of scholars and friends. The art of compromise is a great one - learn it!"Member of the 2016 Student Congress