Multi-Day Seminars

Fall 2021 Weekend Colloquia

Race, Religion and American Politics


Discussion Leader: Gaston Espinosa

This seminar will explore the intersection of religion, race and American politics. It will begin by examining the influence of religion in colonial America and key Founding Fathers like Washington, Jefferson and Madison, then explore the spiritual impulse of the Black, Mexican American, and American Indian civil rights movements, and finish by examining the role of religion and race in politics and presidential elections from George W. Bush to the Present, with special attention to Catholics, Evangelicals, Latinos, and Blacks.

Participants will tour Cabrillo National Monument which commemorates the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources.

Western Histories: Old and New


Discussion Leader: Will Atto

This seminar will emphasize the old western histories of the 19th century from Louisiana Purchase through Civil war; the railroad, developmentalism and the West; Frontier Exceptionalism and the West; culminating in a discussion of Government and the West and the New Western History, gender, race and environment.

St. Louis is the perfect place to reflect on the West in America and America as western history; participants will visit Gateway Arch National Park which serves a memorial to Thomas Jefferson’s role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.






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