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Saturday Teacher Seminars

Professor Michael Burlingame leads a discussion of Abraham Lincoln.

Professor Michael Burlingame leads a discussion of Abraham Lincoln.

Ashbrook’s Saturday Teacher Seminars featured noted scholars leading discussions about major figures, events, and ideas from the American experience. Each seminar was held on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio and was offered to participants at no charge. Materials from past seminars, including documentary readings and audio recordings, may be found below.

In 2012, the Ashbrook Saturday Teacher Seminars were superseded by the Ashbrook Saturday Webinar series.

Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Movement, and the Shaping of “Modern” Politics
March 20, 2010
Instructor: Sidney Milkis

Lincoln on Slavery, Race, and Civil Liberties
February 20, 2010
Instructor: Michael Burlingame

The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989
October 31, 2009
Instructor: Steven Hayward

James Madison and the Constitution of a Free People
September 19, 2009
Instructor: Colleen Sheehan

Up From History: The Rise of Booker T. Washington
April 4, 2009
Instructor: Robert J. Norrell

Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe
January 24, 2009
Instructor: William B. Allen

Abraham Lincoln, Westward Expansion, and the War with Mexico
November 8, 2008
Instructor: Daniel Walker Howe

Frederick Douglass: The Original Audacity of Hope
October 17, 2008
Instructor: Peter C. Myers

The Right to Land in the Land of Rights
April 19, 2008
Instructor: Mark Hulliung

Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power
March 1, 2008
Instructor: Jeremy Bailey

FDR and the Birth of the Modern Presidency
November 3, 2007
Instructor: Jean Edward Smith

“A Contest Between Two Philosophies of Government”: How the Hoover-Roosevelt Debate Shapes the 21st Century
October 6, 2007
Instructor: Gordon Lloyd

The Declaration in American History and World History
March 24, 2007
Instructor: Harry V. Jaffa

Republicanism: Cynicism and Nobility in Theory and Practice
February 24, 2007
Instructor: Michael Anton

Foundational Ideas in American Political Thought
October 14, 2006
Instructor: James Ceaser

Reassessing Harry Truman’s Statesmanship
September 23, 2006
Instructor: Elizabeth Edwards Spalding

Originalism and the Constitution
March 25, 2006
Instructors: Matthew Spalding and David Forte

Contemporary Supreme Court Approaches to Constitutional Interpretation
February 25, 2006
Instructor: Ralph Rossum

Education, Politics, and War in Winston Churchill’s My Early Life
October 22, 2005
Instructors: James W. Muller and Justin D. Lyons

A Patriot’s History of the United States
September 24, 2005
Instructor: Larry Schweikart

What is Citizenship?
April 2, 2005
Instructor: Danielle Allen

Jefferson and Hamilton: Opposed in Death as in Life
February 26, 2005
Instructor: Stephen Knott

The Causes of the Civil War
February 12, 2005
Instructor: James M. McPherson

Calvin Coolidge and the Staid 1920s
January 29, 2005
Instructor: Robert Ferrell

Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America’s Founding Ideas
October 30, 2004
Instructor: David Hackett Fischer

A Reconsideration of the Original Case against the Bill of Rights
September 18, 2004
Instructor: Hadley Arkes

Harry S. Truman and the American People: A Politician’s Development, The People’s Response
April 17, 2004
Instructor: Alonzo Hamby

The Emancipation Moment: Abraham Lincoln and the First of January 1863
February 28, 2004
Instructor: Allen C. Guelzo

Thomas Paine
January 31, 2004
Instructor: John Koritansky

Martin Luther King, Jr.
November 15, 2003
Instructor: Peter Myers

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Second Bill of Rights
October 18, 2003
Instructor: Donald Brand

Benjamin Franklin
September 27, 2003
Instructor: Steven Forde

The American Way of War
March 29, 2003
Instructor: Victor Davis Hanson

How to Read Federalist #10
March 1, 2003
Instructor: James W. Muller

Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison
February 8, 2003
Instructor: Richard S. Ruderman

Civil Rights in America
November 9, 2002
Instructor: Ken Mausgi

Andrew Jackson
September 7, 2002
Instructor: Robert Remini

America’s Founding Principles
April 13, 2002
Instructor: Christopher Flannery

The Origins and Development of American Political Parties
February 9, 2002
Instructor: Andrew E. Busch

The American Founding and the Problem of Slavery
November 3, 2001
Instructor: Thomas G. West

The Role of the Supreme Court in the American Constitutional System
September 22, 2001
Instructor: Jeffrey Sikkenga

George Washington
April 28, 2001
Instructor: William B. Allen

U.S. Foreign Policy During the Cold War: Principle and Prudence
February 3, 2001
Instructor: Mackubin T. Owens

Woodrow Wilson and the Progressive Era
November 4, 2000
Instructor: R. J. Pestritto

James Madison
February 26, 2000
Instructor: Gary Rosen

The Federalist Papers
December 4, 1999
Instructor: Charles R. Kesler

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
April 17, 1999
Instructors: C. Bradley Thompson and David Mayer

Progressivism and the New Deal
November 7, 1998
Instructor: John Alvis

Lincoln and the Civil War
March 7, 1998
Instructor: Lucas E. Morel

Vindicating the Founders
December 6, 1997
Instructor: Thomas G. West

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