Before the Republic

(Oct. 7-10, 2011) – A four-day professional development conference in Williamsburg, Va.
When Oct 07, 2011 12:00 AM to
Oct 10, 2011 12:20 PM
Where Williamsburg, Va.
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-3947
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This conference, "Before the Republic: The Anglo-American Origins of Modern America," will examine the British influences on the development of the American Republic. Although all social studies teachers are encouraged to apply, priority will be given to high school U.S. history instructors teaching this content for the first time due to the new End-of-Course (EOC) requirements. Required readings will include approximately 100 pages from David Hacket Fisher's Albion's Seed. Discussion sessions will guide participants through topics including "Four British Folkways and the Making of America," "Documents and Foundings in North America Before 1787" and "Slavery and the Shaping of America." Several primary source documents will also be considered.

Participants will have time to tour both Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne. Current undergraduate McConnell Scholars from the University of Louisville will also attend this conference, allowing teachers and students to co-mingle.

Conference discussion leaders

  • Joseph Fornieri, PhD, Professor, Department of Political Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Gary L. Gregg, PhD, University of Louisville, Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership, McConnell Center Director
  • John Kleber, PhD, McConnell Center Fellow, History Professor Emeritus (Morehead State University)