Professional development immersion conference for Ky. teachers announced

Nov. 7, 2014 application deadline; conference dates are Feb. 26-March 1, 2015, to St. Louis, MO
Professional development immersion conference for Ky. teachers announced

Kentucky social studies teachers are invited to apply for the Feb. 26 to March 1 immersive professional development conference to St. Louis, Miss. The four-day conference will consider "Liberty and Responsibility: The 20th Century Struggle for Economic Order."

James Otteson, Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and professor of political economy at Wake Forest University, will serve as the conference discussion leader.

Applications are required and due by Nov. 7, 2014 (download).

About the Conference

The classical liberal and free market tradition suffered a terrible setback in the 20th century with the World Wars, the rise of fascism and communism and the modern welfare state. Yet it also experienced a veritable renaissance in the last quarter of the century. What specific historical or political events were instrumental in turning the tide towards classical liberalism and away from communism and fascism? What type of economic system is best suited to the promotion and protection of individual liberty? What threatens the free market?

Conference topics will explore:

  • Economic Systems and Institutions in Theory (read works by Friedrich Hayek, Adam Smith and Leonard Read)
  • The Great Depression: Economics Systems and Institutions in Practice (read works by Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman, Gordon Lloyd and Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
  • Prospects for Post-War Peace and the Coming of the Cold War (read works by Robert Higgs and George Carey and James MacClellan)
  • Rediscovering Classical Liberalism (read works by Ludwig von Mises and James Otteson)
  • Reaganomics and the Fall of Communisim (read works by Brian Domitrovic and Ronald Reagan)
  • The Modern Welfare State (read works by Charles Murray and Theodore Dalrymple)

Covered Expenses

Participants accepted to the conference will receive the following:

  • transportation to St. Louis, Missouri
  • double room accommodations at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel
  • all meals during the conference
  • all conference readings and other educational resources
  • all transportation and admission fees associated with group travel during the conference


Please direct inquiries to Benjamin Gies, graduate assistant for civic education at the McConnell Center.
Phone: 502-852-3947