On September 19-20, 2008, the James Buchanan Foundation and the Lancaster County Historical Society will present a symposium examining the political crisis of the 1850s and the presidency of James Buchanan. The symposium includes a keynote event and three panel presentations, generously funded by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation, and an in-service program for secondary teachers funded by the Lancaster County Community Foundation. The symposium will be held at Wheatland (the James Buchanan home) and Franklin and Marshall College.
Friday Evening, September 19, 2008, 5:00 to 9:00 PM
On the grounds of Wheatland and the Lancaster County Historical Society.
*The Political Crisis of the 1850s: A Conversation with William W. Freehling (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) and Michael F. Holt (University of Virginia), moderated by John W. Quist (Shippensburg University).
Saturday, September 20, 2008, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
All Saturday forums will take place at Franklin and Marshall College's Stahr Auditorium in Stager Hall.
•8:30 AM Registration.
•8:50 AM Opening Remarks.
•Panel 1--9:00 to 10:50 AM.
1857: A Turning Point in American History.
Moderated by Matthew Pinsker, Dickinson College.
*The Dred Scott Case
Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School.
*The Kansas Issue
Nicole Etcheson, Ball State University.
*Buchanan’s Foreign Policy
John M. Belohlavek, University of South Florida.
•Break--10:50 to 11:00 AM.
•Panel 2--11:00 AM to 12:50 PM.
Before Secession: James Buchanan as Crisis Manager.
Moderated by Randall Miller, St. Joseph’s University.
*Buchanan as Party Leader
Michael Morrison, Purdue University.
*Buchanan and his Cabinet
Maury Klein, University of Rhode Island.
*Buchanan and the Crisis in Utah
William P. MacKinnon, Independent Scholar.
•Lunch--1:00 to 2:00.
•Panel 3--2:00 to 3:50 PM.
James Buchanan and Secession: A Panel Discussion.
Moderated by Michael Birkner, Gettysburg College.
*Buchanan’s Management of the Secession Crisis
Jean Baker, Goucher College.
*Southern States and Secession
Daniel Crofts, College of New Jersey.
*Northern States and Secession
William G. Shade, Lehigh University.
•Break--3:50 to 4:00 PM
•Panel 4--4:00 to 5:00 PM
Educators' In-Service Enrichment Workshop.
*Michael Birkner, Matthew Pinsker, and John Quist will lead a discussion covering the key themes raised in the symposium's sessions and consider, with registered secondary education teachers, ways in which these themes can be integrated into classroom lesson plans and curriculum. Secondary educators interested in participating in this in-service program should contact Patrick Clarke, Executive Director, The James Buchanan Foundation, 1120 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603-2550, phone 717-392-8721 ext. 222, email@example.com.
Because of limited seating, one should register as early as possible. Regarding registration and further information, please visit the website listed below.
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