Manifest Destiny

(July 18-23, 2010) — A week-long conference to Portland, Oregon, co-sponsored by the McConnell Center and Liberty Fund, Inc.
When Jul 18, 2010 12:00 AM to
Jul 23, 2010 12:00 AM
Where Portland, Oregon (with field immersion at Ft. Clatsop and Cape Disappointment)
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Contact Phone 502-852-3947
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This week-long conference is open to all Kentucky social studies teachers and will consider the issue of America’s so-called “manifest destiny.” Sessions will cover the ideological background of the concept of manifest destiny, and trace examples from the nineteenth century through present day. The United States has long viewed itself as a nation with a unique place in human history, occupying the role of both maintaining and promoting the values and possibilities of human liberty. However, the goal of maintaining a free and responsible polity can, on occasion, be at odds with the political goals associated with a specific foreign policy or efforts at national growth.

Conference Readings include The Federalist Papers, On Liberty and OrderThe Webster/Hayne Debate on the Nature of the Union and On Liberty, Society and Politics: The Essential Essays of William Graham Sumner, among others.

The 2010 Summer Teacher Institute is a co-sponsored program with Liberty Fund, Inc. As such, there is a heavy emphasis on group discussion. Selected participants are required to have completed approximately 375 pages of reading and to come prepared to discuss and question these readings with their fellow teachers and discussion leaders. The success of the Institute will hinge on each teacher's participation in the discussions.

Covered Expenses

  • round trip airfare to Portland, Oregon
  • double room accommodations at the Hotel Vintage Plaza
  • all meals during the Institute
  • all conference readings and other educational resources
  • all transportation and admission fees associated with group travel during the Institute

Institute Discussion Leaders