The Institute for Constitutional Studies is pleased to announce its second annual regional workshop for college teachers. This year's workshop, "The Constitutional Convention," will take place on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, from July 6-11. Professor Sally Hadden of Florida State University will lead the workshop. It is cosponsored by Emory University and the Georgia Humanities Council. College instructors from the Southeastern region of the United States are especially encouraged to apply.
Whether you intend to devote a whole course, a unit, or just a few days as part of a history survey class to the subject of the constitutional convention, the 2008 ICS summer seminar will give you the tools you need to do it successfully. We will provide instructors with useful information on basic and advanced subject matter, appropriate course readings, and approaches that work in the classroom. Our twin goals are to increase the substantive knowledge of seminar participants and to meet their pedagogical needs.
Specifically, the Emory workshop will focus on the events and intellectual developments that preceded the writing of the U.S. Constitution, with significant attention also given to the Constitutional Convention and the ratification process. To understand how and why the Constitution was written as it was, we will explore the British background from cultural, political, and intellectual perspectives from 1688 to the time of the American Revolution. We will investigate, among others, the writings of thinkers including Trenchard & Gordon, Locke, and Wilkes in order to grasp the essence of English political resistance that never fully flowered until its ideas were transported to America. To understand better the political landscape in which the Constitution was created, seminar participants will examine the governing bodies and political leadership that existed in America before the Revolution, as well as those that came into being once the Revolution began. We will consider state constitutions of the 1770s and 1780s, as well as the Continental Congresses, which operated as our first central governments before the Constitution took effect. The internal dynamics of the Constitutional Convention, which met in 1787, the major problems encountered by its participants, and the process of ratification at the state level, will round out the seminar's content.
A modest stipend and travel reimbursement will be available for participants.
Applications are due by April 11, 2008.
For more information on the workshop, the application process, and eligibility requirements, please see our website: http://docs.law.gwu.edu/ics/
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