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March 2017

Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: Roe v. Wade

Sat, Mar 11, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Among the most controversial, and also least-understood, of Landmark Cases, Roe resulted in the USSC ruling as unconstitutional state laws that placed limits on abortions except for cases in which the life of the mother was in danger. The case itself, however, was rooted in questions over the meaning and extent of 4th Amendment rights to privacy, as well as rights addressed in the 1st, 9th, and 14th amendments. Although Roe v. Wade had a clear legal effect on the country,…

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One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights in America hosted by Phoenix Union High School District (Phoenix, AZ)

Tue, Mar 14, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

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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Liberty Fund Co-Sponsored Weekend: Presidents and the Constitution – Thomas Jefferson (Charlottesville, VA)

Fri, Mar 17, 3:00 pm to Sun, Mar 19, 12:00 pm

This co-sponsored colloquium participants will examine the thought and policies of Thomas Jefferson, drawing connections between his earliest ideas and activities...

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One-Day Seminar: LBJ and America’s War in Vietnam (hosted by the Arizona Department of Education – Phoenix, AZ)

Tue, Mar 21, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

This free training is a unique and exciting collaboration between ADE and TeachingAmericanHistory.org. Participants will engage in a document based Socratic discussion, facilitated by a visiting scholar expert in that field. The day will consist of three discussion sessions, with the focus of each being a different aspect of the Vietnam War. The content covered in the sessions will examine LBJ’s actions as president and commander in chief resulting in escalation of the war and the eventual collapse of his administration.…

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Documents in Detail Webinar: James Madison – Federalist No. 10

Wed, Mar 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Federalist 10 is part of a remarkable public discussion, spawned by the ratification debates, between Federalists and Antifederalists on the nature of republican government. Many Antifederalists believed that the Constitution would lead to a large, consolidated nation and abolish the republican governments in the states, which in turn would lead to violations of the rights of citizens. Madison turned that argument on its head by pointing out that in republican governments, in which the majority must rule, an all-powerful majority…

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One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights in America hosted by St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, OH)

Sat, Mar 25, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Ohio,

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. Emily Hess, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Ashland University Registration begins at 8:00 am Access program…

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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: The American Founding hosted by Alpine School District (American Fork, Utah)

Thu, Jun 8, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Utah,

This seminar will examine the principles of the American Revolution and how they came to define the structure of the American Constitution for the Founding generation. American History and Government teachers will find useful documents and ideas in this program, which while focused on the era of the Founding, also clarifies ideas core to the American view on and system of government. Discussion Leader: Scott Yenor, Associate Professor of Political Science, Boise State University Registration begins at 8:00 am View agenda…

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One-Day Seminar: Madison and Hamilton hosted by Alpine School District (American Fork, Utah)

Fri, Jun 9, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Utah,

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: York and the American Founding (York, PA)

Sat, Jun 10, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This seminar offers an intensive study of the principles of the American Founding and the documents that embody them, especially the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. These principles will be illuminated through a close study of the Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, and the struggle over ratification of the Constitution.  Participants will receive digital and hard copies of the documents as well as Ashbrook’s 50 Core American Documents book.  All teachers will receive Act 48 credits needed to maintain…

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