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September 2017

One-Day Seminar: Competing Visions: Madison and Hamilton hosted by St. Thomas High School (Houston, TX)

Wed, Sep 6, 8:20 am to 2:30 pm

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: Presidents and Political Parties hosted by Austin ISD (Austin, TX)

Tue, Sep 12, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

The relations between presidents and political parties have changed a great deal over the last 2+ centuries, from the earliest years of the republic, with parties still forming, to the later 19th Century during which parties mostly dominated presidents, and into the 20th Century when presidents have become increasingly free from party control. This program is relevant for both American History and American Government/Civics teachers, and offers a diverse selection of original documents as source material for the discussion. This program…

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October 2017

One-Day Seminar: Causes of the Civil War hosted by St. Thomas High School (Houston, TX)

Tue, Oct 10, 8:20 am to 2:30 pm

The decade that preceded Abraham Lincoln’s presidential election and the onset of secession and civil war saw an America increasingly divided over the future of slavery in the United States. The readings present a diversity of opinions regarding that division, and how best to resolve what Harry V. Jaffa called “the crisis of the house divided.” Discussion Leader: Dr. Eric Sands, Associate Professor of Government at Berry College Registration: 8:00 am Access program materials HERE REGISTER HERE

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December 2017

One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights – Constitution and Law hosted by Austin ISD (Austin, TX)

Wed, Dec 6, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

Explore the evolution of Civil Rights laws and constitutional interpretations, from the era of Reconstruction through the mid-20th Century in this one-day seminar. A selection of original documents will serve as the foundation for this discussion, aimed at helping teachers develop a greater understanding of the key laws, court cases, and changes in legal understanding as related to Civil Rights in America. This program is open to all area teachers; however, Austin ISD teachers will receive priority for program placement.…

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