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Scholars earn national tourney bids
(Dec. 5, 2017) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four Scholars advance in moot court competition.
McConnell Center lecture series considers future of Kentucky health
(Jan. 9, 2018) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville is kicking off its spring lecture series with a Jan. 24 discussion on food insecurity.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to speak at UofL
Feb. 12 event is through the McConnell Center's distinguished speaker program
Noble wins Henry Clay Scholarship, begins internship with Senate Democratic Leader
(June 5, 2018) Washington, DC – McConnell Scholar earned $4,000 stipend for summer internship with US Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Center congratulates McConnell for milestone
(June 12, 2018) LOUISVILLE, Ky.–U.S. Senate Majority Mitch McConnell becomes longest-serving Republican Leader in history of U.S. Senate.
McConnell Center talks examine American political life and culture
(Aug. 14, 2018) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – All events are free and open to the public.
McConnell Center to host CIA Director Gina Haspel
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – CIA Director Gina Haspel will be at the University of Louisville September 24 to take part in the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series.
WATCH LIVE - CIA Director Gina Haspel speaks as McConnell Center guest
(Sept. 24, 2018) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Haspel will be interviewed by fellow UofL graduate Scott Jennings.
CIA director, UofL alum outlines priorities
(Sept. 24, 2018) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – By Cindy Hess, UofL's Office of Communications & Marketing
Suu Kyi speaks about freedom, democracy at UofL
Sept. 24, 2012 - by Janene Zaccone, University of Louisville Communications and Marketing
Fellow publishes Charles Carroll biography
Feb. 18, 2010 - Dr. Bradley J. Birzer, a McConnell Center non-resident fellow, pens a biography of the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Governor appoints McConnell Center Fellow to civil war commission
Mar. 8, 2010 - Dr. John E. Kleber joins the Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
Alumni News: Lofton ('09) passes the Ky. bar exam
Oct. 10, 2012 - McConnell Scholar alumnus Mauricus Lofton joins the Ky. Bar Association.
Alumni News: Kiser ('12) named honor advocate at Washington & Lee University
Oct. 11, 2012 - McConnell Scholar alumnus Eric Kiser has been selected to guide students through the university's judicial process.
Pittman named to homecoming court
(Oct. 15, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Hunter Pittman has been named to the 2012 Homecoming Court at the University of Louisville.
Center director to defend electoral college at Lafayette College debate
Oct. 23, 2012 - McConnell Center Director Gary L. Gregg will face University of Kansas political science professor Bird Loomis in debate over the future of the electoral college.
McConnell Center fellow edits volume on Civil War history
Nov. 8, 2012 - Thomas Mackey, PhD, a University of Louisville history professor, is the editor of "A Documentary History of the American Civil War Era, Volume 1."
Statement on Veteran's Day
Nov. 9, 2012 - The McConnell Center honors alumni and all military officers on Veteran's Day weekend.
Gregg to defend the electoral college on 'Kentucky Tonight'
Nov. 12, 2012 - Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, is a featured panelist on KET's 'Kentucky Tonight.'
Fellow writes book on political matriarch Rose Kennedy
Nov. 12, 2012 - Barbara A. Perry, a political science professor at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, is the author of 'Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch.'
Gregg delivers lecture on Washington, statesmanship at University of Cincinnati
Nov. 14, 2012 - Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center, lectured on 'The Temptation of Washington and the Birth of Constitutional Statesmanship' at the University of Cincinnati's Taft House.
Alumni News: Rickett joins Congressman Rogers' staff
Dec. 4, 2012 - Shannon Rickett ('02), a McConnell Scholar alumna, joins Hal Rogers' (KY-05) staff as a field representative.
Malana Salyer, Civic Education Coordinator, announces departure from the McConnell Center
Dec. 6, 2012 - Malana Salyer served 7 years as the the Civic Education Coordinator at the McConnell Center.
Scholars earn bid to national moot court tournament
(Dec. 10, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Seniors Tyler Bosley and Meagan Floyd will represent the McConnell Scholars Program and University of Louisville at national competition next month.
Imel presents research at Posters-at-the-Capitol
(Feb. 21, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Janna Imel, a junior McConnell Scholar from Greenup, Ky., was one of 20 University of Louisville students to submit a research poster.
Brandt, Bosley to highlight negative effects of Facebook on academic, personal life
(Feb. 10, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior McConnell Scholars serve on student-led presentation describing the scope and consequences of excessive Facebook usage on the academic and personal life.
Video, photos of 'reTHINK Federalism' event now available
Feb. 9, 2013 - Michael Greve's 'reTHINK Federalism: Our Upside-Down Constitution' is now available in video format.
High school essay contest announced
Feb. 15, 2013 - Civic Education Program to give away $900 in prize money to high school students
Gregg to defend electoral college at UK Law Federalist Society
Feb. 15, 2013 - McConnell Center director invited to discuss presidential voting later this month.
Whittaker elected arts & sciences senator
(Feb. 20, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Scholar Sam Whittaker ('15) is one of 10 senators elected to represent the UofL College of Arts & Sciences.
Floyd, Zeller win $16,000 Freeman Foundation grant
(Feb. 22, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior McConnell Scholars will travel to Malaysia to study the Chin refugee crisis.
Scholars named to '21st Century University Initiative' committees
(Feb. 25, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Scholars are among 200 faculty, staff and student committee volunteers.
McConnell Center welcomes Freels to staff
(Feb. 27, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jessica Freels, of Knoxville, Tenn., joins the Center as an administrative assistant.
Waters earns Henry Clay Internship to Washington, D.C.
(March 12, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Meghan Waters, of Campbell County, Ky., is one of two Kentuckians to receive the $4,000 award.
Video, photos of 'reTHINK Big' event now available
(March 21, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky.
Rubio talks about maintaining American dream
March 26, 2013 - By Janene Zaccone, Communications and Marketing
Director remembers Remini, former U.S. House of Representatives historian and McConnell Center guest
April 2, 2013 - Robert Remini, a former official U.S. House of Representatives historian, died March 28 at age 91. He was a former McConnell Center guest speaker.
McConnell Center fellow edits second volume on Civil War history
April 3, 2013 - Thomas Mackey, PhD, a University of Louisville history professor, is the editor of "A Documentary History of the American Civil War Era, Volume 2."
Evan Shepherd receives Truman scholarship
(April 19, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville junior Evan Shepherd has been named a 2013 Truman Scholar, a prominent award given to 62 U.S. college students and valued at $30,000.
Ben-Reno Weber receives 2013 Chris Mattingly Award
April 30, 2013 - Ben-Reno Weber, CEO of the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association, is the 16th recipient of the Chris Mattingly Award for Outstanding Community Leadership in Kentucky.
Wilson earns McConnell scholarship to the University of Louisville
(May 10, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hannah Wilson, of Bradfordsville, Ky., has been named a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville.
Center welcomes 9 new McConnell Scholars
(May 13, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The McConnell Center welcomes its 22nd class of McConnell Scholars.
Vance earns McConnell scholarship to the University of Louisville
(May 10, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Aaron Vance, of Vine Grove, Ky., has been named a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville.
Scott earns McConnell scholarship to the University of Louisville
(May 10, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Advocate Scott, of Louisville, Ky., has been named a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville.
Lauder earns McConnell scholarship to the University of Louisville
(May 10, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Landon Lauder, of Russell, Ky., has been named a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville.
Lalata earns McConnell scholarship to the University of Louisville
(May 10, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Diana Lalata, of Louisville, Ky., has been named a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville.
Jewell earns McConnell scholarship to the University of Louisville
(May 10, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jason Jewell, of Louisville, Ky., has been named a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville.
Humphrey earns McConnell scholarship to the University of Louisville
(May 10, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Alicia Humphrey, of Paducah, Ky., has been named a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville.
Holder earns McConnell scholarship to the University of Louisville
(May 10, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Aaron Holder, of Scottsville, Ky., has been named a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville.
Ball earns McConnell scholarship to the University of Louisville
(May 10, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jeremy Ball, of Manchester, Ky., has been named a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville.
Director invited to Army War College's national security program
(May 15, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucoto announced that Gary Gregg, director of the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center, has been invited to participate in a national security program with the U.S. Army War College.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to visit
(April 2, 2010) – Secretary Clinton will speak April 9 at the University of Louisville as part of the McConnell Center’s spring lecture series. Her talk will begin at 2:45 p.m.
Allen earns summer internship to the Library of Congress
(May 16, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore McConnell Scholar Victoria Allen will intern at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, for 10 weeks this summer.
Dispatches from India: Scholar volunteers in health clinic
(December 14, 2011) PUNJAB, India - Sophomore Hunter Pittman joins University of Louisville students on a service mission.
Time changed for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton event
(April 7, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's April 9 talk will start later than originally planned.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks about challenge of nuclear threat
(April 9, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Prague, Czech Republic, with President Barack Obama for the signing of a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) between the United States and Russia.
McConnell Center remembers Sen. Robert C. Byrd
(June 28, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky.-It is with deep sadness that the McConnell Center notes the passing of legendary U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd.
Application deadline nears for KY teachers' trip to Mt. Rushmore
(June 28, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky.- The deadline for a fully-funded four-day field immersion professional development opportunity to Mt. Rushmore" is July 1. The trip is scheduled for Oct. 14-17, 2010.
Center launches new Facebook fanpage
(July 19, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky.- The McConnell Center has launched a new Facebook fanpage.
Teachers trace path of Lewis and Clark
(July 27, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Group discusses "Manifest Destiny" as part of the McConnell Center's Summer Teacher Institute.
Hua considers Obama's national security strategy on CCTV News
(August 20, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Dr. Shiping Hua, a McConnell Center Fellow, compared U.S. President Barack Obama's national security strategy to that of former president George W. Bush on a Chinese TV news network earlier this summer.
Fall public lecture series announced
(September 3, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The McConnell Center offers the following free and public events for fall 2010.
Civic education applications available for KY teachers
(September 10, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Applications are now being accepted for two professional development programs. All Kentucky teachers grades 5-12 are eligible to apply.
David Jones speaks at McConnell Center
(October 11, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky.- McConnell Scholars lunch with David Jones, co-founder of Humana, as part of the Center's Local Leaders extended learning program.
Experts consider the future of democracy in the "Internet Era"
(September 21, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Four prominent free speech scholars from the U.S. and Europe discussed free speech and the future of democracy in the so-called "Internet Era."
McConnell Fellow's class featured on C-SPAN
(October 13, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Dr. Brad Birzer, a non-resident fellow of the McConnell Center, will discuss 19th century Republicans on a C-SPAN production. The program will first air Oct. 22.
McConnell Center kicks off Teaching American History series
(September 23, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Dr. Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center, leads 41 high school teachers through an overview of the American presidency.
Supreme Court opens along partisan lines, says McConnell Center Fellow
(October 4, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. Barbara Perry, a senior fellow at the University of Virigina's Miller Center of Public Affairs and a non-resident Fellow at the McConnell Center, comments on the new make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court.
15 Kentucky teachers head to Mt. Rushmore
(October 14, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Fifteen Kentucky educators and teachers travel to Mt. Rushmore for professional development training.
Two staffers celebrate 15 years at U of L
(October 7, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Tina Talley and Aaron Vowels, both McConnell Center employees, celebrate 15 years of service at the University of Louisville.
The U.S. Supreme Court: The Early Years
(October 11, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Scholars unravel the initial constitutional debates about the role of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Center celebrates 5 years of civic programming, unveils new logo
(October 11, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The McConnell Center celebrates 5 years of civic programming and unveils its new logo.
Don't know much about history?
(October 21, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Author James Loewen will discuss why Americans have lost touch with their history in a free public talk Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.
Want to go to law school? Ask the expert.
(October 25, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In "May it Please the Court," Dr. Barbara Perry, a U.S. Supreme Court expert, will shed light on what makes an effective oral argument. Prospective law students don't want to miss this presentation.
U.S. Senator Scott Brown to visit
(November 3, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass) will speak at the University of Louisville Nov. 8 as a guest of the McConnell Center. His free lecture will begin at 1:30; ticketed seating begins at 12:45 p.m.
Author, guest speaker on WFPL's "State of Affairs" today at 1 p.m.
(November 2, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Author Dr. Rosalind Remer, executive director of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, will be featured live at 1 p.m. today.
Sen. McCain's remarks released in honor of Veterans Day
(November 11, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - U.S. Sen. John McCain visited the McConnell Center on Nov. 11, 2009.
EVENT: Insight into the 2010 Election
(November 12, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. Laurie Rhodebeck (U of L political science), Al Cross (director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues) and two political insiders analyze the strategies and outcomes of the 2010 elections.
Teachers consider Hoover-Roosevelt debates
(December 2, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Four-day conference marks the third co-sponsored civic education program of the McConnell Center and Liberty Fund, Inc.
Sen. Mitch McConnell named one of the "Top Ten Most Intriguing Political Personalities of 2010"
(December 13, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza includes Sen. Mitch McConnell as one of the "Top Ten Most Intriguing Political Personalities of 2010 (Who Merit Watching in 2011)."
McConnell Fellow presents 'A City Divided'
(January 10, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. John Kleber, a renowned Kentucky and Louisville historian, delivers lecture to St. Matthews Historical Society.
McConnell Center Fellow to examine JFK's speech, symbols
(January 28, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. Barbara A. Perry, a non-resident McConnell Center Fellow, will examine President John F. Kennedy's rhetoric, symbols, images and his collaboration with speechwriter Theodore Sorensen in honor of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's presidency.
Nicholson kicks off spring 2011 Local Leader Series
(January 27, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - David L. Nicholson, Jefferson County's circuit court clerk, marks the first guest of the McConnell Center's 2011 Local Leader Lecture Series.
Test your Harry Potter knowledge, win prizes
(February 14, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - From UofL Today
McConnell Fellow featured on NPR today
(February 17, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. Barbara Perry, a U.S. Supreme Court and presidency expert, will be a guest on today's "The Diane Rehm Show" on NPR. The show is scheduled to air at 11 a.m.
Director delivers 'Washington Night' address to Scottish Rite Temple
(February 25, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center, argued George Washington should always be ranked first among America's presidents.
The University Bookman interviews McConnell Center director
(March 1, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Gary L. Gregg, director of the McConnell Center, discusses the connection between what people read and how they lead. He also sheds insight into his young adult fiction writing process.
McConnell Center Fellow presents at 'Kentucky and the Civil War Symposium'
(March 10, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. Thomas Mackey, a McConnell Center Fellow, presents at 'Pathways to Freedom: Kentucky and the Civil War Symposium.'
During sesquicentennial, McConnell Center Fellow highlights 'War in the Mountains'
(April 15, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. Thomas Mackey, a University of Louisville history professor and McConnell Center Fellow, is a featured speaker at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum's Civil War Symposium.
Statement on Veteran's Day
(Nov. 9, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The McConnell Center honors alumni and all military officers on Veteran's Day.
McConnell Center publication by Sen. Robert Byrd now available
(March 15, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The latest McConnell Center publication includes the speech U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd delivered at the University of Louisville, a foreward and afterword by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and an introduction by Dr. Gary Gregg, McConnell Center director.
McConnell Center co-sponsors 'Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award'
(March 18, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - DuPont Manual's Merritt Robinson wins the second annual award from the Kentucky Secretary of State.
Navy officer receives the 2011 Chris Mattingly Award for Outstanding Leadership in Kentucky
(April 11, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Scholars present the memorial award to Joe Dablow, the director of planning and operations in Undergraduate Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of Louisville and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.
McConnell Fellow discusses Jackie Kennedy book on C-SPAN2
(April 16, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. Barbara A. Perry, a former judicial fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court and a McConnell Center Non-Resident Fellow, will examine Jacqueline Kennedy’s tenure as First Lady tomorrow on C-SPAN2.
McConnell Center joins national effort to promote youth participation in politics
(April 28, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Center partners with Harvard University's Institute of Politics to promote political and civic engagement in Kentucky, collect key research and create training opportunities for Kentucky organizations and individuals to promote youth engagement and participation.
Director Gary Gregg — In Person
(April 27, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - By UofL Today (www.louisville.edu/uofltoday) President. Provost, vice president, dean, professor, manager, director. As much as these titles describe and apply to the work that happens at the University of Louisville, they don’t get to the essence of what makes UofL unique — its people. Once or twice a month, UofL Today profiles people who help to make the university what it is.
McConnell Center Fellow named outstanding faculty mentor of masters students
(May 17, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. Thomas Mackey, a history professor at the University of Louisville, is recognized for outstanding mentorship.
Kentucky students win McConnell Center essay contest
(May 31, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ten Kentucky students take top honors in a McConnell Center-sponsored essay contest.
'Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union' to air on KET June 12
(June 8, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Center supports 60-minute documentary on Henry Clay and the compromises of 1820, 1833 and 1850.
Freedom Rider speaks at McConnell Center
(June 21, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ernest "Rip" Patton Jr. recounts his experiences as a participant in the Nashville Movement and the Freedom Rides 50 years ago.