2013-2014 Liberty Fund Seminars

What better way to learn about American history is there than by reading the primary sources, and discussing them with talented colleagues? What better place to learn about American history than in the places it was made?

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Ashbrook Center is proud to join our partner organization, Liberty Fund, in offering a series of six colloquia for teachers of American history or government. These colloquia are designed to explore the meaning of liberty in the U.S. Constitution by focusing on a series of consequential presidencies and on the theme of American Exceptionalism.

Each seminar begins on Friday afternoon and concludes on Sunday afternoon. Those selected to attend (application is limited to classroom teachers) will be asked to read a set of primary source documents (about 250 pages), and to engage in formal and informal conversation with up to 20 colleagues over the course of the weekend. Selected participants will be offered a participation stipend of $425 to cover the cost of travel, and will have their food and lodging costs covered.

Participants will receive a letter documenting their participation in 12 hours of professional development.

Details on the six colloquia available in 2013-14 are below. The application period is closed.

Presidents and the Constitution: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rheinbeck, New York
(Friday, October 25, 2013 to Sunday, October 27, 2013)
Discussion Leader: Gordon Lloyd, Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

Presidents and the Constitution: Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois
(Friday, November 15, 2013 to Sunday, November 17, 2013)
Discussion Leader: Lucas Morel, Professor of Politics, Washington and Lee University

Presidents and the Constitution: James Madison, Montpelier, Virginia
(Friday, December 6, 2013 to Sunday, December 8, 2013)
Discussion Leader: Todd Estes, Associate Professor of History, Oakland University

American Exceptionalism and the Pursuit of Liberty, New Orleans, Louisiana
(Friday, January 10, 2014 to Sunday, January 12, 2014)
Discussion Leader: James Stoner, Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University

Presidents and the Constitution: George Washington, Mount Vernon, Virginia
(Friday, February 28, 2014 to Sunday, March 2, 2014)
Discussion Leader: Irwin Morris, Professor of American Politics, University of Maryland

Presidents and the Constitution: Calvin Coolidge, Springfield, Massachusetts
(Friday, March 21, 2014 to Sunday, March 23, 2014)
Discussion Leader: Gregory Schneider, Professor of History, Emporia State University

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