Liberty and Responsibility in the Cold War

(March 21-24, 2013) — A four-day conference to Lawrence, Kan., co-sponsored by the McConnell Center and Liberty Fund, Inc.
When Mar 21, 2013 12:00 AM to
Jun 24, 2013 12:00 AM
Where Lawrence, Kansas
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-8811
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This conference will consider the philosophical, political and economic issues surrounding the Cold War conflict. Teachers will explore these issues through a discussion of primary philosophical and economic texts, political speeches and foreign policy documents. Readings will also include John Lewis Gaddis' award-winning book, The Cold War: A New History.

Kentucky social studies teachers grades 5-12 are eligible to apply; limited to 15. Preference will be given to teachers who have not participated in a McConnell Center professional development opportunity. Extensive pre-reading required.

Conference Topics

  • Philosophical Origins of the Conflict
  • The Economic Calculation
  • The Search for Order
  • The Containment Debate
  • The New Model of American Policy and Its Limits
  • Conference Discussion Leader

  • William Anthony Hay, PhD, is a history professor at Mississippi State. He specializes in British history and international relations since the 18th century.