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March 2017

One-Day Seminar: Equality and Liberty: Primary Documents, Literature, and Teaching Strategies hosted by Napa Valley Unified School District (Napa, CA)

Fri, Mar 31, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

This seminar examines the two fundamental American ideas, equality and liberty, using historical documents and literary texts. It combines the discussion of these texts with a discussion of how they can be used in the team-taught classroom.  A historian and a literary scholar, David Tucker and Ellen Tucker, will lead discussions of the documents. Cathy Alderman and Steve Main, who have 13 years of experience team-teaching English and history at Anderson New Tech High School, Anderson, California, will lead the discussion…

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Liberty Fund Co-Sponsored Weekend: Liberty and the Federalist Papers (Philadelphia, PA)

Fri, Mar 31, 3:00 pm to Sun, Apr 2, 12:00 pm

This co-sponsored colloquium proposes to explore the Federalist Papers’ rationale for the distribution of liberty, power, and responsibility within the United States Constitution. Discussions would evaluate the arguments of Publius...

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April 2017

One-Day Seminar: From Betty Friedan to Sandra Day O’Connor: American Working Women in the Late Twentieth Century (hosted by the Ashbrook Center – Ashland, OH)

Sat, Apr 1, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Ohio,

This seminar discusses the victories of the second-wave feminist movement, specifically the shift in American society as women left the home for the workforce in the 1970s and 1980s. The seminar readings highlight "radical consequences of incremental change" as women negotiated their place in a new American landscape and what it meant to "have it all". Discussion Leader: Dr. Emily Hess, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Ashland University Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Lincoln and Reconstruction hosted by Sarasota County Schools (Sarasota, FL)

Mon, Apr 3, 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm

This program is a study of Lincoln’s struggles, ideas, and plans to reconstruct the Union during and after the Civil War. Special emphasis is placed on the challenges he faced in trying to win the war while simultaneously laying the groundwork for a reconstructed country, and how his ideas about the status of slaves changed over the course of the war. Documents studied include those from before and during the war, helping participants understand Lincoln’s beliefs and plans, and how…

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One-Day Seminar: The President, Executive Power, and the Constitution hosted by: ESC Region 4 (Houston, TX)

Thu, Apr 6, 9:00 am to 3:15 pm

Explore the constitutional powers, legal authority, and evolution of the 'soft power' of the president from the Founding through the Progressive Era. Participants will read and discuss documents that help explain how the Founders tried to translate the ideals of the Revolution into a form and system of government that would empower, yet restrain the Executive, as well as how interpretations of those powers have changed over time, especially in the face of crisis. Discussion Leader: Dr. Jeremy Bailey, Professor…

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Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: University of CA Regents v. Bakke

Sat, Apr 8, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

In the wake of the Civil Rights movements of the 1950s and 60s, universities tried to address disparities in enrollment by race and ethnicity through various methods, including explicit quotas. Addressing the means by a diverse student body could be achieved, the court determined that quotas were not permissible, and that the rights of a white student had been violated by the University of California-Davis School of Medicine’s admissions policy. The decision did offer some guidance, however, on constitutionally acceptable…

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One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights in America hosted by Alta High School (Sandy, UT)

Fri, Apr 14, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Utah,

The Civil Rights Movement in America has endured a difficult and tumultuous path.  The Emancipation Proclamation ended the institution of slavery.  The Fourteenth Amendment should have guaranteed freedoms, equality and civil rights for all men, however it would take many generations of hardships and court cases for that reality to be achieved.  This seminar addresses the complicated road endured by African Americans. Discussion Leader: Dr. Peter Myers, Professor of Political Science, specializing in political philosophy and U.S. constitutional law, at the University…

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Documents in Detail Webinar: Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Address Delivered at Seneca Falls

Wed, Apr 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Stanton's Address at the Seneca Falls Convention marks one of the seminal moments in the women's suffrage movement, framing the rights of women in historical, religious, moral, and practical terms, and in so doing making a strong case for a change from the then status quo. She recognized the importance of the vote as the first key to formal participation in the American political experiment of self-government, and made a strong case for political equality between the sexes in her…

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Liberty Fund Co-Sponsored Weekend: Slavery and the Constitutional Republic (Washington, DC)

Fri, Apr 21, 3:00 pm to Sun, Apr 23, 12:00 pm

This co-sponsored colloquium explores the record of the constitutional convention, the ensuing state ratification debates, and early federal legislation regulating slavery, along with the Missouri Compromise...

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One-Day Seminar: Lyndon B. Johnson and the Vietnam War (hosted by the Ashbrook Center – Ashland, OH)

Sat, Apr 22, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Ohio,

President Lyndon Johnson believed the United States had an obligation to protect South Vietnam from a communist takeover. Despite the deployment of more than 500,000 troops and the sustained use of U.S. airpower, the United States was ultimately unable to prevent the fall of South Vietnam. In this seminar, we will use primary sources to analyze the reasons why Johnson believed Vietnam was so important to American interests and examine his key decisions about how the war would be fought.   Discussion Leader: Dr. David Krugler, Professor of History…

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One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights in America, hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, MA)

Sat, Apr 29, 9:00 am to 2:15 pm

This event is made possible thanks to a grant from the Lincoln and Theresa Filene Foundation The Civil Rights Movement in America has endured a difficult and tumultuous path.  The Emancipation Proclamation ended the institution of slavery.  The Fourteenth Amendment should have guaranteed freedoms, equality and civil rights for all men, however it would take many generations of hardships and court cases for that reality to be achieved.  This seminar addresses the complicated road endured by African Americans. Discussion Leader: Dr.…

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May 2017

One-Day Seminar: Social Movements of the 1970s hosted by Palm Beach County Schools (West Palm Beach, FL)

Sat, May 6, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Description Coming Soon Discussion Leader: Dr. David Krugler, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville Access program materials here REGISTER HERE Registration begins at 8:30 am

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One-Day Seminar: American Intervention in Foreign Policy, hosted by Guilford County Schools (Greensboro, NC)

Sat, May 6, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Americans have always looked beyond their own borders. Nevertheless, the Founders advised Americans to steer clear of foreign quarrels. This seminar will examine how the tension between these two tendencies has played out through the history of the United States. Discussion Leader: Dr. Stephen Knott, Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. Registration begins at 8:30 am Access program materials here Registration CLOSED

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Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: New Jersey v. T.L.O.

Sat, May 13, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Although there have been many important cases related to search and seizure rights and laws, this is the most prominent of them to take place in a school, and to address how these rights are applied to students in a school setting. Did students have the same 4th Amendment protections as adults in public? How were school officials empowered or restrained in their conduct regarding student privacy and their responsibility for promoting a safe and harmonious school environment? In a…

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Documents in Detail Webinar: George Washington’s Farewell Address

Wed, May 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

George Washington dedicated most of his adult life — as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, as President of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and as the first President of the United States — to public service for the preservation of liberty, independence, republican government, and the Union. In what was then one of the rarest and most remarkable acts of human history, Washington voluntarily gave up the power with which the people had entrusted him not once, but twice, earning him…

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One-Day Seminar: Lincoln and the Union (hosted by the Ashbrook Center, Ashland, Ohio)

Sat, May 20, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Ohio,

This Saturday seminar will focus on how the political theory of the American Founding shaped Abraham Lincoln's ideas and actions during the Civil War. Discussion Leader: Dr. Jason Stevens, Visiting Assistant Professor at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here  REGISTER HERE

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June 2017

One-Day Seminar: Madison and Hamilton (hosted by Cocalico School District, – Denver, PA)

Wed, Jun 14, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Discussion Leader: Christopher Burkett, Associate Professor of Political Science Registration begins at 8:30 am Access materials here REGISTER HERE

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July 2017
$650 - $770

Equality and Liberty in American History & Literature

Tue, Jul 11, 5:00 pm to Fri, Jul 14, 12:30 pm
Ashland University, 401 College Ave
Ashland, OH 44805 United States
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This course examines the two fundamental American ideas using historical documents and literary texts. The course will be co-taught by a political scientist and a literary scholar. The two and a half day course may be audited or taken for one semester credit hour at the graduate level, and will provide time for the participants to consider how the documents might be used in their classrooms and curricula. Arrival for this course begins Tuesday, July 11 at 4:30 pm. Register…

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Multi-Day Seminar: Religious Freedom in America: Historical Sources and Contemporary Issues (George Washington University, Washington DC)

Wed, Jul 26, 4:00 pm to Sat, Jul 29, 9:00 am

Sponsored by the Ambassador John L. Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom, George Washington University, and the Ashbrook Center, Ashland University, this summer course explores historical sources and contemporary issues related to religious freedom. Intensive Seminars will be devoted to topics including religious freedom and the American founding, the free exercise clause of the Constitution, and Islamic perspectives on religious freedom. In addition to the seminar, participants will enjoy a group trip to a relevant site (such as the Smithsonian) and have the opportunity to…

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August 2017

Liberty Fund Co-Sponsored Weekend: Presidents and the Constitution – Woodrow Wilson (Staunton, VA)

Fri, Aug 4, 4:00 pm to Sun, Aug 6, 12:15 pm

Woodrow Wilson was, for many years, a productive academic scholar with a concentration on American politics and constitutional government as well as president of Princeton University before entering the public world of politics as governor of New Jersey. Later, during his two terms as president of the United States, Wilson continued to produce speculations on politics and statesmanship in his campaign speeches and state papers. His words and deeds reflected his efforts to come to grips with problems of liberty…

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September 2017

Liberty Fund Co-Sponsored Weekend: Presidents and the Constitution – George Washington (Mount Vernon, VA)

Fri, Sep 22, 4:00 pm to Sun, Sep 24, 12:15 pm

This co-sponsored colloquium will center on the life and writings of George Washington as one of the key figures in America’s Founding. The sessions all focus on Washington’s contributions to liberty and self-government in the United States, first as revolutionary and military commander, then as an advocate for federalism and republican government, and finally as president and statesman.  Tour:  George Washington's Mount Vernon Discussion Leader: Dr. William Allen Application Deadline: March 8, 2017 Participation is based on a competitive application process. If selected,…

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October 2017

Liberty Fund Co-Sponsored Weekend: Presidents and the Constitution – Abraham Lincoln (Springfield, IL)

Fri, Oct 13, 4:00 pm to Sun, Oct 15, 12:00 pm

This co-sponsored colloquium will focus on the contributions of Abraham Lincoln’s life and writings to the discourse of liberty and responsibility. Particular care is given to the debate over the nature of the federal union as engaged by Lincoln and his southern adversaries. Tour: Abraham Lincoln Home and Museum Discussion Leader: Dr. Lucas Morel Application Deadline: March 8, 2017 Participation is based on a competitive application process. If selected, the stipend for this program is $400. Qualifications are below. Applicants must be current K-12 school teachers,…

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November 2017

Liberty Fund Co-Sponsored Weekend: Presidents and the Constitution – Andrew Jackson (Nashville, TN)

Fri, Nov 3, 4:00 pm to Sun, Nov 5, 11:30 am

This co-sponsored colloquium will focus on Jackson’s presidency is generally interpreted as signifying the moment when democracy becomes an overwhelming political and moral force in America that pushes aside a republican understanding of government. The key issues of Jackson’s presidency, which this conference will explore, center on the Jacksonian coalition’s understanding of union, liberty, representation, equality, republicanism, and economic growth and the impact such understanding would have for the rechartering of the National Bank, Indian removal, and states’ rights. Tour: Andrew…

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April 2018

Liberty Fund Co-Sponsored Weekend: Presidents and the Constitution – Franklin D. Roosevelt (Hyde Park, NY)

April 13, 2018, 4:00 pm to April 15, 2018, 12:15 pm

This co-sponsored colloquium will introduce history and government teachers from the secondary school level to the campaign and presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt and its consequences for liberty and responsibility. Readings cover the elections of 1932 and 1936, Roosevelt’s relationship with the Supreme Court, and his use of executive power in domestic and foreign policy. Readings place particular emphasis on the ongoing critique and alternative vision to Roosevelt’s New Deal policies offered by Herbert Hoover, requiring participants to revisit their…

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