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September 2017

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

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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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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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

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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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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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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January 2018

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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February 2018

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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One-Day Seminar: Charles Lindbergh and America’s Rise to World Power hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

February 24, 2018, 10:15 am to 2:30 pm
Ohio,

In the late 1920s Charles Lindbergh was regarded as America's greatest living hero, but by the 1940s he was widely denounced as a Nazi sympathizer and perhaps even a traitor. This seminar will study the career of the country's most famous aviator, emphasizing what it says about the United States in the early 20th century. Discussion Leader: Dr. John Moser, Professor of History at Ashland University Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Westward Expansion hosted by National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, OK)

February 27, 2018, 8:45 am to 2:30 pm

This seminar 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. Greg Schneider, Professor of History at Emporia State University Registration: 8:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Cold War hosted by Oklahoma History Center (Oklahoma City, OK)

February 28, 2018, 10:15 am to 3:15 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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March 2018

One-Day Seminar: Origins of the American Idea hosted by Pennsylvania Department of Education at IU#27 (Monaca, PA)

March 7, 2018, 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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