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September 2021

One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Cold War hosted by KEDC (Lexington, KY)

September 18 @ 8:30 am - 2:45 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 between these two states and their respective allies? This seminar focuses on the ideas, events, and people – as expressed in key documents – of the years immediately after the end of World War 2, and how the Cold War…

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October 2021

One-Day Seminar: Cold War on the Home Front: 1945-1954 hosted by KEDC (Lexington, KY)

October 16 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 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 State? 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. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings…

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November 2021

One-Day Seminar: The Cold War in the 1950’s hosted by KEDC (Lexington, KY)

November 6 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

The rise of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union is a story that has often been told. This seminar will focus on Truman’s and Eisenhower’s policies on postwar anticommunism, containment, nuclear buildup, The Korean War, and the Soviet Union. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings (found here), and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing or presenting. Registrants, therefore, are highly encouraged to…

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One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights in America hosted by Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, KY)

November 13 @ 8:30 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. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings (found…

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March 2022

One-Day Seminar: The Cuban Missile Crisis hosted by KEDC (Lexington, KY)

March 5, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 2:45 pm

The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Not surprisingly, it is one of the most studied and well-documented events in modern U.S. history. In this seminar, we will use a selection of primary sources related to the crisis to address key questions and to examine the decisions and actions of U.S., Soviet, and Cuban officials. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings, and…

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April 2022

One-Day Seminar: Détente and Later Cold War hosted by KEDC (Lexington, KY)

April 8, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 2:45 pm

This seminar will focus on the later Cold War years during the presidencies of Nixon, Carter and Reagan. Their approach to Détente, foreign relations with the Soviet Union, China and the ending of the Vietnam War. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings, and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing or presenting. Registrants, therefore, are highly encouraged to read all the documents in advance and come…

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One-Day Seminar: The American Founding and The Electoral College hosted by Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort, KY)

April 9, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Learn how the sought to formalize their ideas of limited government, a new vision of federalism, and balance between democratic and republican, ideals all while seeking compromise and consensus between a diverse collection of geographic, economic and ideological factions and viewpoints. This seminar will consist of three discussion sessions based entirely on primary documents, facilitated by a university scholar. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings (found here), and with…

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