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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 ( 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.
McConnell Center celebrates 20 years
(August 26, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Center's mission, opportunities and scholarships expand over the past two decades.
Center sponsors APSA panel on statesmanship and democracy
(September 7, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Scholars share their latest political science research at national conference.
Applications for McConnell Scholarships now available
(Sept. 8, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Online applications due January 15, 2012.
Glover considers 'The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown'
(September 12, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. Lorri Glover, a history professor at Saint Louis University, highlights the series of events that led to England's permanent colonization in America.
Director presents Constitution Day talk at Skidmore Colleg
(September 15, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center, delivers lecture in Saratoga Springs, New York.
McConnell Center to host Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
(September 13, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Center to host Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Ticket information for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's lecture at UofL
(Sept. 23, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The McConnell Center has invited people in the Louisville community with ties to Burma to attend Suu Kyi’s talk, but also will make a limited number of tickets available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Center director to defend electoral college at Lafayette College debate
(Oct. 23, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Center director to defend electoral college at Lafayette College debate
Professional development programs to Maryland, Kansas announced for KY teachers
(Nov. 1, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The McConnell Center's Civic Education Program has announced two all-expenses-paid travel opportunities for Kentucky social studies teachers.
Fellow edits volume on Civil War history
(Nov. 8,. 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Thomas Mackey, PhD, a University of Louisville history professor, is the editor of "A Documentary History of the American Civil War Era, Volume 1."
Gregg receives national 'George Washington Medal'
(Feb. 20, 2019) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg recognized for work on George Washington.
McConnell Center hosts U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine
(March 18, 2019) LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- April 1 event is free and open to the public; tickets required for entry.
Center remembers Sen. Richard Lugar, former guest speaker
(April 29, 2019) LOUISVILLE, Ky – Richard Lugar was a guest of the McConnell Center on Sept. 19, 2005.
Center celebrates 11 graduates
(May 13, 2019) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Center extends its congratulations to the following students on their undergraduate achievements and wishes them well as they pursue new endeavors.
Center welcomes two new staffers
(June 24, 2019) Natalie Smith and Connor Tracy join Center staff.
McConnell Center fall lecture series begins
(Fall 2019) The McConnell Center presents three talks this fall, including a daylong conference on “The Legacy of Wendell Berry.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to speak at UofL
(Nov. 26, 2019) Secretary Michael R. Pompeo is the next guest in the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speaker Series.
Highlands High, Eastside Middle win annual We the People civic competition
(Dec. 10, 2019)
Secretary of State Pompeo discusses foreign policy approach during UofL visit
(Dec. 2, 2019) Story by UofL's Alicia Kelso
Scholars win regional moot court tourney, headed to nationals
(Dec. 3, 2019) By GlyptusAnn Grider Jones
McConnell Scholar Leah Hazelwood named Kentucky Derby princess
(Jan. 8, 2020)
From the Director's Desk: A Look at the Year Ahead
(Jan. 8, 2020) By Dr. Gary L. Gregg, II
Adams, Cameron sworn in as Kentucky Secretary of State, Attorney General
(Jan. 9, 2020) By GlyptusAnn Grider Jones
Rickett ('99) named one of 50 'notable women in KY politics'
(Jan. 14, 2020)
Women in leadership focus of McConnell Center talks
(Jan. 17, 2020)