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February 2015

One-Day Seminars: Whither Publius? The Hamilton-Madison Split and the Politics of the Early 1790s (Ashland, OH)

February 28, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

These seminars give teachers an opportunity to explore themes in American history and self-government through the study of original historical documents. They also give teachers a chance to interact with talented colleagues and faculty dedicated to the best in teaching and scholarship on American history. REGISTRATION CLOSED

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March 2015

One-Day Seminars: Origins of the Cold War (Ashland, OH)

March 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

During World War II the United States and the Soviet Union were allies in the war against Nazi Germany. However, only months after that conflict relations between the two powers had deteriorated to the point that commentators were beginning to speak of a "Cold War"--a condition that would last into the early 1990s. In this seminar we will examine, through study of U.S. diplomatic documents, how and why this momentous shift occurred.

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April 2015

One-Day Seminars: Race and Equality at the Founding (Ashland, OH)

April 25, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

During the American Revolution, British literary critic Samuel Johnson quipped, “How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?” The irony has not been lost on many an observer ever since. Should the American Founders be taken at their word when they spoke of human equality and inalienable rights? Did their allowance of slavery after American independence make them hypocrites? How did later generations interpret the Declaration of Independence? REGISTRATION CLOSED

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September 2015

Constitution Day Lecture: “Madison’s Republic” with Dr. Gordon Lloyd

September 17, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Madison’s Republic Dr. Gordon Lloyd, Professor Emeritus, Pepperdine University, Senior Fellow Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, Editor, Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison Gordon Lloyd earned his B.A. in economics and political science at McGill University. He completed all the coursework toward a doctorate in economics at the University of Chicago before receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in government at Claremont Graduate School. The coauthor of three books on the American founding and sole author of a book on the…

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One-Day Seminar: Constitutional Ratification and the Bill of Rights (Ashland, OH)

September 19, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Professor Gordon Lloyd will lead participants through 2 sessions discussing Constitutional Ratification and the Bill of Rights: The Ratification Debates: How close was it? Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights Dr. Lloyd invites teachers to study the Founding through primary documents only and deepen their understanding of the Founding while becoming familiar with clusters of documents ready for use in their classrooms. Lunch and refreshments are provided. Participants will receive contact hours for attending this seminar and there is no pre-reading…

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One-Day Seminars: Lincoln – Union & Freedom hosted by St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, OH)

September 26, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Lincoln wrote that in the Declaration’s principle of “liberty for all” we find the “philosophical cause” of America’s great prosperity. And Lincoln found theUnion to be fundamentally important forgiving fullest expression to that liberty by expanding opportunities for self-improvement and the pursuit of happiness...

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One-Day Seminars: Teaching the First Presidency (Ashland, OH)

September 26, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Explore Washington’s First Term and the Precedents it Set and Washington’s Second Term, Success or Failure...

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October 2015

One-Day Seminars: Religion, Science and Politics, 1870-1930 hosted at the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

October 24, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

This seminar examines the Protestant synthesis that influenced American life and politics into the late nineteenth century and its collapse into the modernist-fundamentalist controversy of the first decades of the 20th century. The synthesis combined religion, science and the Declaration of Independence to explain the historical significance of the United States...

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November 2015

Partnered One-Day Seminars: The Writings and Speeches of James A. Garfield at the Garfield Symposium (Mentor, OH)

November 7, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Dr. Gregory Schneider, Professor of History, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas will lead this three-session track which will allow educators to take a deep dive into several of James A. Garfield’s most notable speeches and writings. Teachers interested in attending will receive copies of the documents that will be discussed in advance of the Symposium. This session will use primary source documents and will give teachers additional resources they can use related to James A. Garfield. This seminar is being…

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February 2016

One-Day Seminars: The Federalist/Anti-Federalist Debates hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

February 20, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

This seminar is designed to analyze the main arguments set forth in print during the crucial years of 1787-1788 concerning the adoption of the newly proposed Constitution of the United States. Through a close reading of the primary source material we will attempt to identify the most important principles that animated the participants in the discussion, including the fundamental assumptions therein about the political order and human nature. These texts have an authority of their own in connection with the great debate over ratification, and…

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March 2016

One-Day Seminars: The Global Great Depression and the Coming of World War II hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

March 19, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

This seminar will consider the ways in which the economic crisis of the late 1920s and early 1930s helped to cause and shape the course of the Second World War. It will identify the points of similarity ways in which the world's industrialized and industrializing nations responded to the challenge of the Depression. Among these nations...

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April 2016

One-Day Seminars: Origins of the Cold War hosted by St. Xavier Catholic High School (Cincinnati, OH)

April 9, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

How did the alliances of World War 2 break down, and so quickly, after 1945? How close were these alliances in the first place, and what differences existed between the United States and the Soviet Union that acted as wedges...

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One-Day Seminars: Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

April 16, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

What makes Lincoln great? What kind of a leader was he? Was he a pragmatist whose political success consisted in the ability to bargain and compromise? Was he a Machiavellian realist who placed considerations of interest and power above principle in politics? Was he an idealist who was guided by categorical imperatives in applying principles without regard for the political consequences? Was he a revolutionary who undertook a re-founding of the United States at Gettysburg? In her award winning book, Doris Kearns Goodwin suggests that Lincoln's political genius consisted in his ability to manage...

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August 2016

One-Day Seminars: Washington & the Constitution, hosted by Ashbrook (Ashland, Ohio)

August 20, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

A discussion of major developments during Washington’s Presidency and his influence on the Office. Discussion Leader: Dr. Christopher Burkett, Associate Professor of Political Science at Ashland University. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Access the program materials here. REGISTER HERE.

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September 2016

One-Day Seminars: Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, and Burr: The Dysfunctional Election of 1800, hosted by Ashbrook (Ashland, Ohio)

September 17, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

This seminar will explore the bitter election of 1800 which pitted four of the nation's most prominent political figures in a struggle for the presidency. Jefferson's triumph in the "revolution of 1800" had lasting ramifications for the United States, not the least of which was placing the Federalist party on the road to extinction. All of these men played decisive roles in this election, which was arguably the dirtiest contest in American electoral history. Discussion Leader: Dr. Stephen Knott, Professor…

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October 2016

One-Day Seminar: Political Parties in the Early Republic, 1787-1815 hosted by St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, OH)

October 8, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This seminar examines the development of American political parties in the Early Republic, focusing on the historic events that led to the emergence of the Federalist and Republican parties between 1789 and 1816. Discussion Leader: Dr. Christopher Burkett, Associate Professor of Political Science at Ashland University Access program materials here REGISTER HERE Registration opens at 8:00 am.

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One-Day Seminars: FDR and Hoover, hosted by Ashbrook (Ashland, Ohio)

October 22, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

The event description will be updated soon!   Discussion Leader: Dr. Will Ruger, Senior Scholar on Foreign Policy, CKI. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Access the program materials here. REGISTER HERE Registration: 9:30-10:15

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November 2016

One-Day Seminars: The Election of 2016 in Historical Perspective, hosted by Ashbrook (Ashland, Ohio)

November 12, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

A discussion of the significance of the 2016 Presidential election based on primary documents from American history. Discussion Leader: Dr. Christopher Burkett, Associate Professor of Political Science at Ashland University, and Dr. David Tucker, Senior Fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University and Associate Director of the Master of Arts in American History and Government. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Access the program materials here. REGISTER HERE Registration: 9:30-10:15

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February 2017

One-Day Seminar: The Cold War at Home: 1945-1954 (hosted at the Ashbrook Center, Ashland, Ohio)

February 25, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

The rise of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union is a story that has often been told. How did these developments abroad affect life in the United States? This seminar will focus on postwar anticommunism, culminating in the McCarthy era, but will also focus on changes in home and family life, as well as popular culture in the postwar period. Discussion Leader: Dr. John Moser, Professor of History at Ashland University Registration: 9:30 am Access materials here REGISTER…

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March 2017

One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights in America hosted by St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, OH)

March 25, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Civil Rights Movement in America has endured a difficult and tumultuous path.  The Emancipation Proclamation ended the institution of slavery.  The Fourteenth Amendment should have guaranteed freedoms, equality and civil rights for all men, however it would take many generations of hardships and court cases for that reality to be achieved.  This seminar addresses the complicated road endured by African Americans. Discussion Leader: Dr. Emily Hess, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Ashland University Registration begins at 8:00 am Access program…

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April 2017

One-Day Seminar: From Betty Friedan to Sandra Day O’Connor: American Working Women in the Late Twentieth Century (hosted by the Ashbrook Center – Ashland, OH)

April 1, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

This seminar discusses the victories of the second-wave feminist movement, specifically the shift in American society as women left the home for the workforce in the 1970s and 1980s. The seminar readings highlight "radical consequences of incremental change" as women negotiated their place in a new American landscape and what it meant to "have it all". Discussion Leader: Dr. Emily Hess, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Ashland University Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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One-Day Seminar: Lyndon B. Johnson and the Vietnam War (hosted by the Ashbrook Center – Ashland, OH)

April 22, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

President Lyndon Johnson believed the United States had an obligation to protect South Vietnam from a communist takeover. Despite the deployment of more than 500,000 troops and the sustained use of U.S. airpower, the United States was ultimately unable to prevent the fall of South Vietnam. In this seminar, we will use primary sources to analyze the reasons why Johnson believed Vietnam was so important to American interests and examine his key decisions about how the war would be fought.   Discussion Leader: Dr. David Krugler, Professor of History…

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May 2017

One-Day Seminar: Lincoln and the Union (hosted by the Ashbrook Center, Ashland, Ohio)

May 20, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

This Saturday seminar will focus on how the political theory of the American Founding shaped Abraham Lincoln's ideas and actions during the Civil War. Discussion Leader: Dr. Jason Stevens, Visiting Assistant Professor at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here  REGISTER HERE

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September 2017

One-Day Seminar: Benjamin Franklin – Defining American Character hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

September 30, 2017 @ 10:15 am - 2:30 pm

This seminar will focus on how Franklin's personal example reveals something of the character Americans were expected to have as individuals, and, in the process, how his example helped to define the character of America, to both Americans and Europeans. Discussion Leader: Dr. Christopher Burkett, Associate Professor of Political Science, Ashland University Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE 

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October 2017

One-Day Seminar: The Great Triumvirate: Clay, Calhoun, and Webster hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

October 28, 2017 @ 10:15 am - 2:30 pm

This seminar will focus on the political thought and statesmanship of Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster. Collectively known as "The Great Triumvirate" because of their dominance of the American political system for nearly half a century, these three men helped to shape and define the American conception of equality and liberty during the antebellum era. Discussion Leader: Dr. Jason Stevens, Visiting Assistant Professor at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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December 2017

One-Day Seminar: Herbert Hoover’s Rugged Individualism and Franklin Roosevelt’s Forgotten Man Revisited hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

December 2, 2017 @ 10:15 am - 2:30 pm

The Hoover-Roosevelt debate of the 1930s is the contemporary American political, economic, and moral conversation that shapes public policy in the twenty first century in a very powerful way. The very questions that concerned these two presidents are also our burning questions of today. The themes of liberty vs. security, freedom vs. regulation, representative democracy over against the administrative state and an independent judiciary, so important and visionary then, are still the fundamental questions in a world of terrorism, globalization,…

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February 2018

One-Day Seminar: Charles Lindbergh and America’s Rise to World Power hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

February 24, 2018 @ 10:15 am - 2:30 pm

In the late 1920s Charles Lindbergh was regarded as America's greatest living hero, but by the 1940s he was widely denounced as a Nazi sympathizer and perhaps even a traitor. This seminar will study the career of the country's most famous aviator, emphasizing what it says about the United States in the early 20th century. Discussion Leader: Dr. John Moser, Professor of History at Ashland University Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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March 2018

One-Day Seminar: LBJ, the Great Society, and American Progressivism hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

March 24, 2018 @ 10:15 am - 2:30 pm

Discussion Leader: Dr. Jason Jividen Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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September 2018

One-Day Seminar – The Great Depression and the New Deal hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

September 29, 2018 @ 10:15 am - 2:30 pm

The 2018-19 seminar series will focus on volumes from Ashbrook’s new Core American Documents Collections. The scholar will select several documents from each collection for discussion and explain the rationale behind the collection. All participants will receive a copy of The Great Depression and the New Deal. Discussion Leader: John Moser, Ashland University Registration: 9:30 am Access materials here REGISTER HERE

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November 2018

One-Day Seminar: Women’s Voices hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

November 3, 2018 @ 10:15 am - 2:30 pm

The 2018-19 seminar series will focus on volumes from Ashbrook’s new Core American Documents Collections. The scholar will select several documents from each collection for discussion and explain the rationale behind the collection. All participants will receive a copy of the completed volume. Discussion Leader: Sarah Morgan Smith, Ashbrook Center Fellow Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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December 2018

One-Day Seminar: Bill of Rights hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

December 1, 2018 @ 10:15 am - 2:30 pm

The 2018-19 seminar series will focus on volumes from Ashbrook’s new Core American Documents Collections. The scholar will select several documents from each collection for discussion and explain the rationale behind the collection. All participants will receive a copy of the completed volume. Discussion Leader: Gordon Lloyd, Ashbrook Center Senior Fellow Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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February 2019

One-Day Seminar: Causes of the Civil War hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

February 23, 2019 @ 10:15 am - 2:30 pm

The 2018-19 seminar series will focus on volumes from Ashbrook’s new Core American Documents Collections. The scholar will select several documents from each collection for discussion and explain the rationale behind the collection. All participants will receive a copy of the completed volume. Discussion Leader: Jason Stevens, Ashland University Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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March 2019

One-Day Seminar: Landmark Supreme Court Cases hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

March 23, 2019 @ 10:15 am - 2:30 pm

The 2018-19 seminar series will focus on volumes from Ashbrook’s new Core American Documents Collections. The scholar will select several documents from each collection for discussion and explain the rationale behind the collection. All participants will receive a copy of the completed volume. Discussion Leader: Jeff Sikkenga, Ashland University Registration: 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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June 2019

AHG 502 1A: The American Founding

June 23, 2019 - June 28, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio This course is an intensive study of the constitutional convention, the struggle over ratification of the Constitution, and the creation of the Bill of Rights. It will include a close examination of the Federalist Papers and the antifederalist papers.   Instructors:  Christopher Burkett (Ashland University) and Gordon Lloyd (Pepperdine University)   Course Materials: Syllabus and course readings can be found on Blackboard     Tuition: Audit (25 in-service hours): $578 Graduate credit (2 semester hours): $1,156   Room…

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AHG 503 1A: Sectionalism and Civil War

June 23, 2019 - June 28, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio A study of the sectional conflict beginning with the nullification crisis. The course will not only examine the political, social and economic developments in the period leading to the civil war, but will emphasize the political thought of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and John C. Calhoun.   Instructors:  Dan Monroe (Millikin University)   Course Materials: Syllabus and course readings can be found on Blackboard     Tuition: Audit (25 in-service hours): $578 Graduate credit (2 semester hours): $1,156…

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AHG 510 1A: Great American Texts – The Federalists

June 23, 2019 - June 28, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio The Federalist is a complex political work comprised of arguments about war, economics, national unity, and liberty (among other things) based on appeals to human nature, history, reason, and prudence. In this course we will examine and discuss The Federalist as fully and as deeply we can, aiming to understand how (or whether) its parts fit together in a coherent whole and its enduring contribution to our understanding of politics.   Instructors:  Todd Estes (Oakland University)   Course Materials: Syllabus…

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AHG 630 1A: American Statesmen – Hamilton & Jefferson

June 23, 2019 - June 28, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio This course examines the political actions and thought of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, arguably the two most important founders of the American republic. In their lifetimes, Hamilton and Jefferson understood themselves to have opposed understandings of what was good for America. We will explore this opposition and what it meant and means for the American Republic by studying what Hamilton and Jefferson had to say and what they did about the great issues of their…

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AHG 641 1A: The Supreme Court

June 23, 2019 - June 28, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio This course is an intensive study of the highest court in the federal judiciary, focusing on the place of the Supreme Court in the American constitutional order. Areas of study may include the relationship between the Court and the other branches of the federal government as well as the states; the Court's power of judicial review; and judicial politics and statesmanship. We will examine these kinds of issues by investigating how the Court has interpreted the…

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AHG 505 2A: The Progressive Era

June 30, 2019 - July 5, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio The transition to an industrial economy posed many problems for the United States. This course examines those problems and the responses to them that came to be known as progressivism. The course includes the study of World War I as a manifestation of progressive principles. The course emphasizes the political thought of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and their political expression of progressive principles.   Instructors:  J. David Alvis (Wofford College)   Course Materials: Syllabus and course readings…

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AHG 510 2B: Great American Texts – Joseph Heller & Kurt Vonnegut

June 30, 2019 - July 5, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 (1961) and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) are two of the most interesting and important novels about the American World War II experience. Heller and Vonnegut, both veterans, take innovative approaches to fictionalize their ‘wars.’ Heller devastatingly uses satire and humor to depict the absurdities of Army bureaucracy, officers’ ambition, and the very logic of war. Vonnegut, who struggled for years to write a war novel, ultimately found inspiration in the genre of science fiction. Heller’s protagonist John…

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AHG 607 2A: America During the Cold War

June 30, 2019 - July 5, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio The simmering conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1945 to 1989 was the defining phenomenon of the age, affecting not only the country's foreign policy but its politics, society, economy, and culture as well. In this course students will examine the most important events, ideas, and personalities of the 44 years from the end of World War II to the end of the Reagan administration.   Instructors:  Eric Pullin (Carthage College)   Course…

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AHG 630 2B: The Adams Family

June 30, 2019 - July 5, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio The Adams family remains the most distinguished political family in American history. Four generations of the Adamses brought about a revolution, established self-government, participated in the transformation of the republic to a large scale democracy, and then witnessed the industrialized nation take its place on the world stage. Not only were the Adamses America’s statesmen, but they were the keepers of their family’s legacy and the historians of our nation. This course examines the writings of…

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July 2019

AHG 501 3A: The American Revolution

July 7, 2019 - July 12, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio This course focuses on three topics: political developments in North America and the British empire and the arguments for and against independence, culminating in the Declaration of Independence; the Revolutionary War as a military, social and cultural event in the development of the American nation and state; and the United States under the Articles of Confederation.   Instructors:  Jason W. Stevens (Ashland University)   Course Materials: Syllabus and course readings can be found on Blackboard     Tuition:…

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AHG 506 3A: The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945

July 7, 2019 - July 12, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio With the exception of the Civil War era, it is difficult to find another thirty-year period in U.S. history during which the nation underwent such dramatic change. In 1914 the United States was no more than a regional power, with a primarily rural demography and a relatively unobtrusive federal government. Thanks to the experience of two world wars, a major cultural conflict (the 1920s), and a disastrous economic crisis the country was transformed into the global…

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AHG 603 3A: Colonial America

July 7, 2019 - July 12, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio This course focuses on the development of an indigenous political culture in the British colonies. It pays special attention to the development of representative political institutions and how these emerged through the confrontation between colonists and King and proprietors. The course also considers imperial politics through a study of the Albany Plan of Union.   Instructors:  Sarah Morgan Smith (Ashbrook Center at Ashland University) and Cara Rogers (Ashland University)    Course Materials: Syllabus and course readings can be found…

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AHG 622 3A: Religion in American History and Politics

July 7, 2019 - July 12, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio From the time that the first Europeans arrived in America, religion has been an important part of American life. This course examines the various ways in which religion has played a role in American history, with particular emphasis on the role of religion in American politics.   Instructors:  Jay D.Green (Covenant College)   Course Materials: Syllabus and course readings can be found on Blackboard     Tuition: Audit (25 in-service hours): $578 Graduate credit (2 semester hours): $1,156…

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AHG 640 3A: The Congress

July 7, 2019 - July 12, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio This course focuses on the legislative branch of the U.S. government. It examines topics such as the constitutional powers of Congress, the relations between Congress and the other branches of the federal government and the states, and the changing structure and internal politics of Congress.   Instructors:  Sarah M. Burns (Rochester Institute of Technology) and Mack D. Mariani (Xavier University)   Course Materials: Syllabus and course readings can be found on Blackboard     Tuition: Audit (25 in-service hours): $578…

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AHG 660 3A: Indian Assimilation, Resistance, and Removal

July 7, 2019 - July 12, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio During the first decades of the nineteenth century, the tribes of what is today the southeastern United States took steps toward assimilation and accommodation of American culture, becoming known as the Five Civilized Tribes. During the same period, pressure mounted on them to remove to the trans-Mississippi West. Events culminated in the 1830s with open conflict and the forced removal often called “The Trail of Tears.” Often these events are portrayed as inevitable and depicted in…

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AHG 680 3HL: The Civil War in American History and Literature

July 7, 2019 - July 12, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio Team-taught by a historian and a literary scholar, this course examines the literature and political thought of the American Civil War to understand how different representations of the War and its causes informed national identity, not only in the time of conflict, but also in its subsequent legacy. Key political figures, activists, and writers of the time include Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, John C. Calhoun, and Abraham Lincoln. In the years since the…

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The Civil War in American History and Literature

July 7, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - July 12, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio Team-taught by a historian and a literary scholar, this course examines the literature and political thought of the American Civil War to understand how different representations of the War and its causes informed national identity, not only in the time of conflict, but also in its subsequent legacy. Key political figures, activists, and writers of the time include Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, John C. Calhoun, and Abraham Lincoln. In the years since the…

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AHG 510 4C: Great American Texts – Ralph Ellison

July 14, 2019 - July 19, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man (1952) is the great American novel about race, perhaps even the great American novel. It considers and affirms the principle—that "mysterious binding force"—that holds us together as a people and that is tied to our own history. In doing so it raises all the important political questions about equality, freedom, rights and justice; the legacy of slavery and white supremacy, our "human and absurd diversity." The novel's deliberate attempt, in Ellison's words, "to return…

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AHG 611 4A: The American Way of War

July 14, 2019 - July 19, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio The course examines how Americans have used military force, focusing on the relationship between civilian and military leaders, characteristic strategic approaches, and the connection between our political principles and our military practices.   Instructors:  William Atto (University of Dallas) and Thomas Bruscino (United States Army War College)   Course Materials: Syllabus and course readings can be found on Blackboard     Tuition: Audit (25 in-service hours): $578 Graduate credit (2 semester hours): $1,156   Room & Board: Double-occupancy…

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AHG 621 4A: Race and Equality in America

July 14, 2019 - July 19, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio This course explores the history of black Americans as they strove to secure their dignity as human beings, and rights as American citizens, in the face of racial prejudice. Students will examine the writings of leading black intellectuals and activists about human equality, slavery, self-government, the rule of law, emancipation, colonization, and citizenship. The course will also review laws, constitutional amendments, court cases, and social criticism addressing civil and political rights in America.   Instructors:  Sarah…

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AHG 633 4A: The American Presidency II – Johnson to the Present

July 14, 2019 - July 19, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio This course is an examination of the political and constitutional development of the office of president from Reconstruction to the present. It focuses on how changing conceptions of the presidency have shaped American political life in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially as America has become a global power.   Instructors:  Jeremy D. Bailey (University of Houston) and Marc K. Landy (Boston College)   Course Materials: Syllabus and course readings can be found on Blackboard    Tuition: Audit (25…

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AHG 613 4A: Postwar America, 1945-1973

July 14, 2019 - July 19, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio An examination of the United States during the three decades following the Second World War. The social, economic, political, and diplomatic development of the country is stressed with a thematic emphasis. This course will include a Reacting to the Past simulation.   Instructors:  John E. Moser (Ashland University)   Course Materials: Syllabus and course readings can be found on Blackboard     Tuition: Audit (25 in-service hours): $578 Graduate credit (2 semester hours): $1,156   Room & Board:…

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AHG 680 4HL: The World Wars in American History and Literature

July 14, 2019 - July 19, 2019
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio This course examines the two wars that shaped and reshaped the American experience of the 20th century. Team-taught by a historian and a literary scholar, the course will look at both the battlefield and domestic experience of the war, as well as the issues of civil-military relations, and the connection between our political principles and our military practices. It will consider historical and literary texts such as Wilson’s War Message and Fourteen Points; an African-American soldier’s…

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The World Wars in American History and Literature

July 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - July 19, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio This course examines the two wars that shaped and reshaped the American experience of the 20th century. Team-taught by a historian and a literary scholar, the course will look at both the battlefield and domestic experience of the war, as well as the issues of civil-military relations, and the connection between our political principles and our military practices. It will consider historical and literary texts such as Wilson’s War Message and Fourteen Points; an African-American soldier’s…

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September 2019

One-Day Seminar: Landmark Supreme Court Cases hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

September 28, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Supreme Court cases have shaped American history and governmental policy in many ways. This seminar, led by Jeffrey Sikkenga of Ashland University, explores cases that focus on the Constitution and Federalism, the Constitution and the Commerce Clause, and the Civil Rights Cases. Registration opens at 9:30 am Access program materials here REGISTER HERE

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November 2019

One-Day Seminar: Progressives and Populism hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

November 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Often understood simply as opposition parties, the Populist and Progressive movements developed in response to the genuine challenges of industrialization, immigration, and urbanization in the late nineteenth century. Jason Jividen of St. Vincent College will facilitate a discussion of the similarities and differences between populists and progressives, the programs each group advocated, and the legacy of both groups in United States history, government and politics. Registration opens at 9:30 am Access program materials here Registration has closed. Please contact [email protected] if you’d like…

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December 2019

One-Day Seminar: The American Revolution hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

December 7, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

This seminar, led by Robert McDonald of the United States Military Academy at West Point, will discuss readings that shed light on the political developments in North America and the British Empire that gave rise to arguments for and against independence and culminated in the Declaration of Independence. Other readings will illuminate the Revolutionary War as a military, social and cultural event in the development of the American nation and state, and the United States under the Articles of Confederation.…

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February 2020

One-Day Seminar: First Amendment – Freedom of Speech hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

February 22 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Joseph Fornieri of the Rochester Institute of Technology will lead participants in exploring the theory and practice of free speech in American history, using landmark court decisions that have helped to define the limits to such freedoms. Registration opens at 9:30 am Access program materials here Registration has closed. Please contact [email protected] if you’d like to be placed on the waiting list.

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March 2020

[CANCELED] One-Day Seminar: Political Parties hosted by the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

March 21 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

This seminar, led by Eric Sands of Berry College, will focus on the evolution of the American political party system, beginning with James Madison’s commentary on the unavoidable but dangerous nature of parties and ending with the Supreme Court’s opinion on the legitimate sources of funding for political parties in Citizens United. Discussion will cover not only the developing role of political parties in our constitutional order but also the specific answers given by various parties to important political questions…

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