Leadership in the U.S. Senate

Experts to discuss the evolution of the U.S. Senate and the role leaders have played in the history of that distinguished body on February 11, 2011. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker.
When Feb 11, 2011
from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Where PNC Club, Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-3947
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Conference Topics

  • Foundations of the U.S. Senate
  • Henry Clay: The Great Compromiser
  • The Evolution of the Modern U.S. Senate
  • The Role of the President of the Senate
  • Remarks by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell


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Guest Speakers

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden: Biden was a senator from Delaware for 36 years. He left the Senate in 2008 after being elected the nation's 47th vice president.
  • Mitch McConnell(R-KY): Senator McConnell is the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky’s history. He is the Senate Republican Leader. First elected to that position unanimously by his colleagues in 2006, he is the 15th Senate Republican Leader and only the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate.
  • Donald Ritchie:Dr. Ritchie is the Historian of the United States Senate. He was responsible for editing the closed hearing transcripts of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy’s investigations and has authored several books, including The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • James Klotter: Dr. Klotter is the State Historian of Kentucky and the former Executive Director of the Kentucky Historical Society. He is the author, co-author or editor of 18 books. He currently serves as professor of history at Georgetown College.

Conference Location and Parking

The conference will be held at the PNC Club, located on the third floor of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Free parking will be available at the stadium for conference participants.

About Us

The McConnell Center conducts a series of programs and conferences designed to improve Kentucky's understanding of its own history; assist Kentucky citizens in developing a better understanding of the U.S. Constitution and American history; and encourage open and free discussion of perennial concerns that inform contemporary events.

This event is funded in part by a U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant co-sponsored with the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, a consortium of 14 school districts serving over 50,000 students in north central Kentucky.