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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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One-Day Seminar: The Origins of the Cold War hosted by the Arizona Department of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

Fri, Sep 29, 8:20 am to 2:45 pm

How did the alliances of World War 2 break down, and so quickly, after 1945? How close were these alliances in the first place, and what differences existed between the United States and the Soviet Union that acted as wedges between these two states and their respective allies? This seminar focuses on the ideas, events, and people – as expressed in key documents – of the years immediately after the end of World War 2, and how the Cold War…

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One-Day Seminar: Origins of the American Idea hosted by North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction (Marion, NC)

Sat, Sep 30, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This seminar offers an overview of the background principles and ideas that inform the American idea and the documents that embody them. These principles and ideas will be illustrated through a close study of the texts that serve as a precursor to the American Revolution and the founding of the American regime. Discussion Leader: Dr. David Alvis, Associate Professor of Government, Wofford College Registration: 8:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Benjamin Franklin – Defining American Character hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

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

This seminar will focus on how Franklin's personal example reveals something of the character Americans were expected to have as individuals, and, in the process, how his example helped to define the character of America, to both Americans and Europeans. Discussion Leader: Dr. Christopher Burkett, Associate Professor of Political Science, Ashland University Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE 

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October 2017

Moments of Crisis: Nullification Crisis

Sat, Oct 7, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

South Carolina established itself as an early proponent of states’ rights, and had in fact threatened to leave the union on multiple occasions, beginning with the Constitutional Convention itself. Differences over trade and tax policy drove the most ardent believers in state supremacy to ignore federal law entirely during Andrew Jackson’s first term, bringing to head a crisis over state versus federal power, and which would truly be the “supreme law of the land.” Access the readings and scholar bios…

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One-Day Seminar: Causes of the Civil War hosted by St. Thomas High School (Houston, TX)

Tue, Oct 10, 8:20 am to 2:30 pm

The decade that preceded Abraham Lincoln’s presidential election and the onset of secession and civil war saw an America increasingly divided over the future of slavery in the United States. The readings present a diversity of opinions regarding that division, and how best to resolve what Harry V. Jaffa called “the crisis of the house divided.” Discussion Leader: Dr. Eric Sands, Associate Professor of Government at Berry College Registration: 8:00 am Access program materials HERE REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Jacksonian America, Hosted by Alta High School

Fri, Oct 13, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm
Utah,

Join teachers from around the Salt Lake area for a day-long documents-based seminar on the Age of Jackson, with sessions devoted to the man himself, the policies, trends, and ideas of the time, and their impact on American history. Printed reader sent to all registrants in advance of the program, and lunch will be provided. Discussion Leader: Dr. Dan Monroe, Miliken University Access PDF copies of the materials here. Register Here

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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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One-Day Seminar: Causes of the Civil War hosted by Tucson Unified School District (Tucson, AZ)

Tue, Oct 17, 8:20 am to 2:45 pm

The decade that preceded Abraham Lincoln’s presidential election and the onset of secession and civil war saw an America increasingly divided over the future of slavery in the United States. The readings present a diversity of opinions regarding that division, and how best to resolve what Harry V. Jaffa called “the crisis of the house divided.” Discussion Leader: Dr. Daniel Monroe, Associate Professor of History at Millikin University  Registration: 8:00 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Origins of the American Idea hosted by Department of Education at PaTTAN (Harrisburg, PA)

Tue, Oct 17, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This seminar offers an overview of the background principles and ideas that inform the American idea and the documents that embody them. These principles and ideas will be illustrated through a close study of the texts that serve as a precursor to the American Revolution and the founding of the American regime. Registration: 8:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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Documents in Detail: Monroe Doctrine

Wed, Oct 18, 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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One-Day Seminar: Nineteenth Century Reform Movements hosted by St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, OH)

Sat, Oct 21, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Ohio,

The Declaration of Independence and evangelical Christianity were the twin sources of the reform movements that did so much to shape American politics and life from the Revolution to the Civil War.  This seminar examines several reform movements of the antebellum period, paying particular attention to how views of human nature and the millennium, expressed in the Declaration and evangelical Christianity, affected American politics. Discussion Leader: Dr. Emily Hess, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Ashland University Registration: 8:30 am Access program…

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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: 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. Register Here

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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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