Alexis de Tocqueville, a 25-year-old French nobleman who journeyed to the United States in 1831, wanted to observe firsthand the successful political experiment that was evolving here and take his findings home to France, which was itself trying to shape its own young democracy. de Tocqueville's unique observations resulted in the two volumes of Democracy in America. Published in two parts, one in 1835 and the second in 1840, it reveals, in its 700 pages, insights about democracy and the American character that have led both liberals and conservatives to claim Tocqueville as their own.

The Coudert Institute is delighted to welcome Dr. William R. Cook to our 2021 Season as he presents a two day workshop, de Tocqueville and American Democracy... Today and the Future. "We have lots of things to talk about on February 17 and 18 at the Coudert Institute," says Professor Cook. Registration is now open, and tickets may be purchased HERE. We are grateful for his sharing of the following content:

Alex de Tocquevile's Democracy in America has been called the best book ever written about democracy and the best book ever written about America. It is a formidable book, almost 700 pages long, written after Tocqueville's journey to America in 1831. Republicans and Democrats praise this book. Clinton and Gingrich agreed about the greatness of Democracy in America. What better time to read and discuss this book than in 2021, for we can all agree that our democracy has been challenged by both natural and human-made phenomena.

Tocqueville gets to the heart of democracy in his phrase "equality of conditions." He examines strengths and weaknesses. He explains how democracy is not simply a form of government but rather a way of living. He believed that what he called "habits of the heart" are ultimately more important than the Constitution to the success of democracy. He believed that democracy could not be successful without a strong civil society and a vigorous free press. He did not fear that democracy could lead to totalitarian government but that it could move toward a sort of "tyranny light."

Dr. William R. Cook is the Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he has taught since 1970. He earned his bachelor's degree cum laude from Wabash College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa there. He was then awarded Woodrow Wilson and Herbert Lehman fellowships to study medieval history at Cornell University, where he earned his Ph.D. Professor Cook teaches courses in ancient and medieval history, the Renaissance and Reformation periods, and the Bible and Christian thought. Since 1983 Professor Cook has directed 11 Seminars for School Teachers for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author of St. Francis of Assisi and Francis of Assisi: The Way of Poverty and Humility.

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CHEF ALLEN CAMPBELL is widely known as a leader in the sports nutrition world. To him, food is medicine. Through his whole foods culinary acumen, various publications, speaking engagements, consulting, and highly publicized work with athletes, actors and entertainers, he has revolutionized traditional culinary artistry by maximizing health benefits and sustainable practices. His work can be found in The Game of Eating Smart, as well as the TB12 Method and the TB12 Nutriton Manual.

"Modern-day chefs have the power to make a positive difference in society by making choices that help sustain the environment and the health of future generations."

Boston-based Campbell, widely known as the "Chef of Peak Performance", for many years served as the personal chef to NFL star TOM BRADY. During that time he developed the TB12 nutrition regimen which is often credited as being integral to Brady's longevity on the football field. The Coudert Institute is delighted to welcome Allen to our 2021 season as he presents THE GAME of EATING SMART on Thursday, January 14 at The Ben Hotel in West Palm Beach. Tickets are available for this rare local appearance HERE.

"Our bodies have not evolved to digest the processed foods we are feeding it," suggests Campbell. "Maybe it will someday, but as of now our bodies are functioning the same way they did when we were hunting and gathering". THE GAME of EATING SMART will offer the public a rare opportunity to learn more about Campbell's dynamic philosophy of eating and cooking (primarily plant-based) while sampling his signature dishes through a three course luncheon. During his appearance, Chef Allen will share his nutrient density culinary approach to living well and offer simple dietary shifts which support a healthy body, mind and spirit. These GREEN LEAN PROTEIN WRAPS featuring "lentil meat" are a perfect example!



  • 6 Collard Greens Leaves bottom portion of stems removed

Lentil Meat

  • 2 cups toasted nuts and seeds (ie: walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked lentils

  • 1 tsp granulated garlic

  • 1 tsp chipotle powder

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt


  • 2 cups baby greens or sprouts

  • 1 cup zucchini julienned

  • 1 cup carrots julienned

  • 1/2 cup red onion shaved

  • 1/4 cup herbs (ie: parsley, basil) chopped


  • 1/4 cup tahini

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp water

  • sea salt to taste


  • In a steamer basket over boiling water, steam collard green leaves for 1 1/2 minutes.

  • Remove from basket and shingle flat on a baking sheet to cool.

Lentil Meat

  • Place nuts and seeds in a food processor and pulse until smooth, about one minute.

  • Add remaining ingredients and continue to pulse until a ball forms, about 30 seconds more.

  • Season with more salt if needed.

Sauce Method

  • Whisk all ingredients into a smooth dipping sauce.

  • Season with salt.


  • Lay collard leaves flat on a cutting board with the bottom of the leaf at the edge closest to you.

  • Place a handful of greens towards the bottom middle. Continue with a small amount of each vegetable and a pinch of herbs.

  • Roll a half-cigar size piece of lentil meat and place in the center of the vegetables.

  • First fold the bottom edges up to cover the filling and pull back tightly to secure the wrap. Fold in the edges and continue to roll the wrap tightly, scraping back towards the filling along the way.

  • Slice straight across vertically in the middle and serve with sauce.

The start of a new year presents an ideal opportunity to commit to healthier living. See you at THE GAME of EATING SMART!

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“There are probably more spies in America now than at any other point in our history,” said longtime historical adviser to the C.I.A. H. Keith Melton in a 2019 New York Times conversation with Brett Sokol. Melton, who has devoted the last few decades of his life to international espionage research, will share his knowledge on the topic of Russian interference on January 7 in his Coudert Institute presentation titled Russian Spies, Lies and Elections. This lunchtime program is available for both (socially distanced) in-person and remote participation. Tickets may be purchased by clicking HERE. Keith Melton is a highly regarded author, an intelligence historian and a specialist in clandestine technology and espionage tradecraft. He is also one of the leading authorities on equipment and arms for clandestine warfare. Through the years, engaged in his research, Melton amassed a tremendous collection of spyware including include a Nazi Enigma code machine abandoned in France by a German unit fleeing advancing American soldiers, one of whom took it home after the war; a 13-foot-long British “Sleeping Beauty” submarine that allowed a single sailor to slip undetected into an enemy harbor; and a British-built World War II-era cigarette that fires a .22-caliber bullet. Last year, the New York Times featured Melton's collection in their popular Show Us Your Wall Series. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Melton has shared both his expertise, and some of his prized collection (i.e. Soviet-era hidden cameras and eavesdropping devices), while serving as a technical adviser for the recent 1980s-set TV drama The Americans. Recently, he donated more than 7,000 items form his collection to the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. where he serves as a founding member on their Board of Directors. The Institute is delighted to welcome Keith to our 2021 season as he shares his passion for espionage and details how Russian efforts in the United States have continued (and expanded) since 2010 to actively interfere with U.S. elections. We hope that you will join us for this timely lunchtime conversation, either in person (following CDC guidelines) at The Sailfish Club, or remotely via ZOOM.

Above image courtesy of the New York Times

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