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October 2017

One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Judiciary hosted by the Center for the Study of the American Constitution (Madison, WI)

Mon, Oct 23, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

This seminar offers an intensive study on the role of the Supreme Court in American Politics and the concept of “judicial review.”  A number of controversial cases in recent decades have given rise to a polarized debate in America over the desirability of judicial review.  With that in mind, we will examine the original purpose of the Supreme Court and the debates over judicial review during the American Founding period.  Finally we will look closely at the case of Marbury…

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One-Day Seminar: The Cuban Missile Crisis hosted by the Arizona Department of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

Tue, Oct 24, 8:20 am to 2:45 pm

The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Not surprisingly, it is one of the most studied and well-documented events in modern U.S. history. In this seminar, we will use a selection of primary sources related to the crisis to address key questions and to examine the decisions and actions of U.S., Soviet, and Cuban officials. Why did the Soviet Union place nuclear missiles in Cuba? How did the U.S. respond? What options did…

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One-Day Seminar: The Great Triumvirate: Clay, Calhoun, and Webster hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

Sat, Oct 28, 10:15 am to 2:30 pm
Ohio,

This seminar will focus on the political thought and statesmanship of Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster. Collectively known as "The Great Triumvirate" because of their dominance of the American political system for nearly half a century, these three men helped to shape and define the American conception of equality and liberty during the antebellum era. 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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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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One-Day Seminar: The Kennedy and Johnson Wars hosted by Palm Beach County Schools (West Palm Beach, FL)

Sat, Nov 4, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Discussion Leader: Eric Pullin, Professor of History and Asian Studies at Carthage College Registration: 8:30 am Access program materials here Registration Closed

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One-Day Seminar: Causes of the Civil War hosted by the Kentucky Educational Development Center (Lexington, KY)

Mon, Nov 6, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Discussion Leader: Dr. Jason Stevens, Visiting Assistant Professor Registration: 8:30 am Access program materials here Registration Closed

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One-Day Seminar: Watergate hosted by the Arizona Department of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

Tue, Nov 7, 8:20 am to 2:45 pm

The break-in at the Watergate before the 1972 presidential election was relatively small news at the time; however, keen investigative journalism and a voice from within the Nixon administration eventually led to the downfall and first resignation of an American president. Astonishing in its brazenness, the work of the Plumbers and involvement of the White House dramatically changed how Americans viewed presidential character and the relationship between the press and politicians, ushering in an era of increased partisanship and distrust.…

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One-Day Seminar: Westward Expansion, Hosted by Alta High School

Fri, Nov 10, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm
Utah,

This seminar, open to all Utah teachers, will focus on Westward Expansion during the 19th Century. Ideas and events emphasized include Manifest Destiny, the Monroe Doctrine, the Mexican-American War, and the growing problem of Sectionalism that threatened to drive North and South apart. All registrations will be provided with a reader of original documents, sent to them by mail in advance of the program. Discussion Leader: Dr. Dennis Bowman, Lindenwood University Access PDF copies of the materials here. Registration Closed

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One-Day Seminar: Slavery and the Constitution hosted by Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (Hazard, KY)

Sat, Nov 11, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Some scholars and politicians have argued that the 3/5ths Compromise, the fugitive servant clause, the delay on abolishing the slave trade, and other such provisions show that the Constitution was pro-slavery. But others argue that these provisions are prudent compromises that were necessary to preserve the Union until such a time as slavery could be abolished, making it ultimately anti-slavery. Who is right? This seminar explores that question by considering the Constitution from both perspectives. Discussion Leader: Dr. Jason Stevens, Visiting…

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One-Day Seminar: Lincoln and Reconstruction hosted by Tucson Unified School District (Tucson, AZ)

Tue, Nov 14, 8:20 am to 2:45 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: Competing Visions: Madison and Hamilton hosted by Pennsylvania Department of Education at PaTTAN East (Malvern, PA)

Tue, Nov 14, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

James Madison and Alexander Hamilton were allies as authors of the Federalist Papers, and yet their views on how the new government should function and what it should do grew increasingly different, and opposed, as time passed. This program explores their similarities and differences about how the Constitution should be interpreted and implemented, what powers the new government and its officials should wield, and how these positions shaped the early party system and have, in fact, impacted American political thought…

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Documents in Detail: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Wed, Nov 15, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join TAH.org scholars and teachers from across the country for our first full season of Documents in Detail, the series in which each episode features a deep-dive into a single core document from American history. Access the readings and scholar bios here. Register for our Documents in Detail webinar series for the 2017-18 school year, featuring selections from TAH.org's 50 Core American Documents collection.. Each webinar lasts one hour, running from 7pm-8pm, EST, on the show date. Register Here

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Moments of Crisis: Lincoln’s Assassination

Sat, Nov 18, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

The Union, celebrating victory over the South and an end to the Civil War, was dealt a cruel blow by John Wilkes Booth when he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on 14 April 1865. Although not the first attempt on a president’s life - including Lincoln himself - this first successful assassination of an American president had actually been at attempt at a full decapitation of Union leadership, targeting more than just Lincoln. Access the readings and scholar bios here. Register…

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December 2017

One-Day Seminar: Herbert Hoover’s Rugged Individualism and Franklin Roosevelt’s Forgotten Man Revisited hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

Sat, Dec 2, 10:15 am to 2:30 pm
Ohio,

The Hoover-Roosevelt debate of the 1930s is the contemporary American political, economic, and moral conversation that shapes public policy in the twenty first century in a very powerful way. The very questions that concerned these two presidents are also our burning questions of today. The themes of liberty vs. security, freedom vs. regulation, representative democracy over against the administrative state and an independent judiciary, so important and visionary then, are still the fundamental questions in a world of terrorism, globalization,…

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Moments of Crisis: Sinking of the USS Maine

Sat, Dec 2, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

By the late 19th Century, America was a growing industrial power with imperial interests abroad. With interests across the Pacific and growing attention on Central and South America, the United States was progressively more involved in world affairs as the years passed. Explore the connection between American imperial leanings and the incident in Havana Harbor, and how they helped propel the still-young nation onto the world stage. Access the readings and scholar bios here. Register for our Saturday Webinar series…

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One-Day Seminar: Competing Visions: Madison and Hamilton hosted by St. Thomas High School (Houston, TX)

Tue, Dec 5, 8:20 am to 2:30 pm

James Madison and Alexander Hamilton were allies as authors of the Federalist Papers, and yet their views on how the new government should function and what it should do grew increasingly different, and opposed, as time passed. This program explores their similarities and differences about how the Constitution should be interpreted and implemented, what powers the new government and its officials should wield, and how these positions shaped the early party system and have, in fact, impacted American political thought…

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One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights – Constitution and Law hosted by Austin ISD (Austin, TX)

Wed, Dec 6, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

Explore the evolution of Civil Rights laws and constitutional interpretations, from the era of Reconstruction through the mid-20th Century in this one-day seminar. A selection of original documents will serve as the foundation for this discussion, aimed at helping teachers develop a greater understanding of the key laws, court cases, and changes in legal understanding as related to Civil Rights in America. This program is open to all area teachers; however, Austin ISD teachers will receive priority for program placement.…

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Documents in Detail: Gettysburg Address

Wed, Dec 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join TAH.org scholars and teachers from across the country for our first full season of Documents in Detail, the series in which each episode features a deep-dive into a single core document from American history. Access the readings and scholar bios here. Register for our Documents in Detail webinar series for the 2017-18 school year, featuring selections from TAH.org's 50 Core American Documents collection.. Each webinar lasts one hour, running from 7pm-8pm, EST, on the show date. Register Here

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January 2018

Moments of Crisis: Attack on Pearl Harbor

January 6, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

As the world was embroiled in yet another war, the United States again sought neutrality, while still protecting its interests. Negotiating with Japan over its abuses of China were complicated by conflicting economic and political interests by the two countries in Asia, and Japan’s alliance with Nazi Germany. The surprise attack on 7 December 1941, which came while Japan continued its diplomatic mission with the United States, drew America into World War 2, and in fact set the stage for…

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One-Day Seminar: Modern Social Movements hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education at IU#3 (Homestead, PA)

January 10, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

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

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Documents in Detail: Theodore Roosevelt’s New Nationalism Speech

January 24, 2018, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join TAH.org scholars and teachers from across the country for our first full season of Documents in Detail, the series in which each episode features a deep-dive into a single core document from American history. Access the readings and scholar bios here. Register for our Documents in Detail webinar series for the 2017-18 school year, featuring selections from TAH.org's 50 Core American Documents collection.. Each webinar lasts one hour, running from 7pm-8pm, EST, on the show date. Register Here

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February 2018

Moments of Crisis: Cuban Missile Crisis

February 3, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

The “13 Days” during which the world held its breath, fearing a nuclear exchange between the United States and Soviet Union, it is an event that is actually only dimly-understood. Explore the truth of the event that took the world arguably its closest to nuclear war through both American and declassified Soviet records, the latter of which only came to light in the 1990s. Access the readings and scholar bios here. Register for our Saturday Webinar series for the 2017-18…

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One-Day Seminar: Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist Debate hosted by Pennsylvania Department of Education at IU#5 (Edinboro, PA)

February 6, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This seminar is designed to analyze the main arguments set forth in print during the crucial years of 1787-1788 concerning the adoption of the newly proposed Constitution of the United States. Through a close reading of the primary source material we will attempt to identify the most important principles that animated the participants in the discussion, including the fundamental assumptions therein about the political order and human nature. These texts have an authority of their own in connection with the great debate over ratification, and…

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One-Day Seminar: Federalist v. Anti-Federalist Debate hosted by Pennsylvania Department of Education at IU#22 (Doylestown, PA)

February 21, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This seminar is designed to analyze the main arguments set forth in print during the crucial years of 1787-1788 concerning the adoption of the newly proposed Constitution of the United States. Through a close reading of the primary source material we will attempt to identify the most important principles that animated the participants in the discussion, including the fundamental assumptions therein about the political order and human nature. These texts have an authority of their own in connection with the great debate over ratification, and…

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Documents in Detail: FDR’s Commonwealth Club Address

February 21, 2018, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join TAH.org scholars and teachers from across the country for our first full season of Documents in Detail, the series in which each episode features a deep-dive into a single core document from American history. Access the readings and scholar bios here. Register for our Documents in Detail webinar series for the 2017-18 school year, featuring selections from TAH.org's 50 Core American Documents collection.. Each webinar lasts one hour, running from 7pm-8pm, EST, on the show date. Register Here

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