2012-2013 Liberty Fund Seminars

During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Ashbrook Center and Liberty Fund presented a series of four seminars for teachers of American history or government. These seminars explored the meaning of liberty in the U.S. Constitution by focusing on a series of consequential presidencies and on the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention.

Each seminar began on Friday afternoon and concluded on Sunday afternoon. With the exception of travel to and from, the seminar was available at no cost to the teachers. Participating teachers received a $425 travel and expense stipend.

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

Presidents and the Constitution: George Washington, Mount Vernon, Virginia
(Friday, November 2, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012)
Discussion Leader: Irwin Morris, Professor of American Politics, University of Maryland

Presidents and the Constitution: James Madison, Montpelier, Virginia
(Friday, December 14, 2012 to Sunday, December 16, 2012)
Discussion Leader: Stephen Knott, Professor of National Security Affairs, United States Naval War College

Presidents and the Constitution: Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois
(Friday, March 1, 2013 to Sunday, March 3, 2013)
Discussion Leader: Lucas Morel, Professor of Politics, Washington and Lee University

Liberty and the Constitution: The Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, Boston, Massachusetts
(Friday, March 15, 2013 to Sunday, March 17, 2013)
Discussion Leader: Jeremy Bailey, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Houston

While high school teachers of American history and government were preferred, any teacher of kindergarten through 12th grade was invited to apply.

Applications for the Fall 2012 seminars were due by September 15, 2012. Applications for the Spring 2013 seminars were due by November 1, 2012, but due to an overwhelming response, we stopped accepting applications on October 1.

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