Liberty and Responsibility in the Cold War

(Nov. 14-17, 2013) A four-day conference to Atlanta, Ga., co-sponsored by the McConnell Center and Liberty Fund, Inc.
When Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM to
Nov 17, 2013 12:00 AM
Where Atlanta, Georgia
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-8811
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Application - due Sept. 6


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.

While communism has been defeated as a viable political and economic doctrine, understanding the types of responses that were engendered in the West by the Cold War and the differing accounts of the political and economic good that each side offered holds important lessons for a conversation about liberty and responsibility.

Kentucky social studies teachers grades 5-12 are eligible to apply; limited to 15. 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 Ruger, PhD, is a political science professor at Texas State University. He specializes in international relations and conflict and the effects of military service and combat.