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October 2020

One-Day Seminar: Presidents and Political Parties hosted by Kentucky Historical Society [HELD ONLINE]

October 3 @ 8:45 am - 12:30 pm

The U.S. Constitution makes no mention of political parties, yet parties began to form shortly after its ratification. Today, it is hard to see how American democracy would work without them. At the same time, parties formed as decentralized political associations that engaged the attention of ordinary citizens and held presidents accountable to local constituencies. But as the power of the presidency (and the federal government) grew, parties shifted their attention from building political support in the states and localities…

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December 2020

One-Day Seminar: Détente and the Later Cold War hosted by Jefferson County, Kentucky Schools (HELD ONLINE)

December 12 @ 8:55 am - 12:30 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 (found here), 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…

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April 2021

One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Cold War hosted by Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort, KY)

April 10, 2021 @ 8:30 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 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 began.…

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