2011-2012 Liberty Fund Seminars

During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Ashbrook Center and Liberty Fund presented a series of four seminars for teachers of American history or government. These seminars will explore the meaning of liberty in the U.S. Constitution by focusing on the debates over ratification and the origins of the Bill of Rights.

Each of the four seminars was held in a state that was at the center of the ratification debate over the U.S. Constitution: New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Virginia. A total of seventy-two teachers – eighteen at each site – will be chosen to participate in the program.

Each seminar began on Friday afternoon and concluded on Sunday afternoon. The seminars were offered at no cost and each participant received a $425 travel and expense stipend.

The four seminars were held at the following sites and were led by these scholars:

Liberty and the Constitution: The Virginia Ratifying Convention, Richmond, Virginia
(Friday, October 7, 2011 to Sunday, October 9, 2011)
Discussion Leader: David Carrithers, Professor of Government, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Applications are due by June 24, 2011
Reading List

Liberty and the Constitution: The Pennsylvania Ratifying Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(Friday, March 2, 2012 to Sunday, March 4, 2012)
Discussion Leader: Carey Roberts, Associate Professor of History and Political Science, Arkansas Tech University
Applications are due by November 1, 2011
Reading List

Liberty and the Constitution: The Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, Boston, Massachusetts
(Friday, March 16, 2012 to Sunday, March 18, 2012)
Discussion Leader: Todd Estes, Associate Professor of History, Oakland University
Applications are due by November 1, 2011
Reading List

Liberty and the Constitution: The New York Ratifying Convention, West Point, New York
(Friday, March 30, 2012 to Sunday, April 1, 2012)
Discussion Leader: Ken Grasso, Professor of Political Science, Texas State University
Applications are due by November 1, 2011
Reading List

While high school teachers of American history and government were preferred, any teacher of kindergarten through twelfth grade was welcome to apply.

Applications for the Fall 2011 seminar were due by June 24, 2011. Applications for the three Spring 2012 seminars were due by November 1, 2011.

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