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University of Dallas: American Studies Institute Day – “Teaching the American Regime”

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

On March 12, 2022, the American Studies Department at the University of Dallas will be hosting a conference for the discussion of the teaching—especially at the K-12 level—of American literature, history, politics, and civics. The conference will bring together academics, scholars, and other leading figures with local classical educators.

This first event will focus on the question of the “regime,” understood broadly as the “constitution” or “way of life” of a people. What is the American regime, and how ought teachers to instruct in or about it?

The schedule  includes a keynote address from Thomas G. West, as well as presentations featuring Jason Lund, Stephen Sims, Casey Wheatland, and Antonio Sosa.

Tentative Schedule

Panel #1: The Local and the Global in American Literature
SB Serafy Room, 10:00–11:30

  • Jason Lund, Baylor University and Treasure Valley Classical Academy, Fruitland, ID
    Hawthorne’s “Earth’s Holocaust”: On the Temptation of Progressive Internationalism
  • Stephen Sims, Rochester Institute of Technology
    The Politics of Robert Penn Warren’s Wilderness: War, Migration, and Citizenship

Panel #2: Teach the Constitution. What Constitution?
SB Serafy Room, 1:00–2:30

  • Casey Wheatland, Texas State University
    Praetorians: The National Security State Against the People
  • Antonio Sosa, University of Dallas
    Dimensions of the Modern American Right

Panel #3: Politics & History Roundtable
SB Serafy Room, 3–4:30

  • “How Ought We to Teach 20th Century American History?”

Keynote Speaker
SB Multipurpose Room, 5–6:30 | Wine & Cheese

  • Thomas G. West, Hillsdale College
    Teaching American Political Thought: From the Founding to Identity Politics

The peculiar feature of this conference is that discussants for the preceding panels are K-12 teachers chosen from among the American Studies Institute Fellows. If you are interested in applying to be a Fellow, see here. The application deadline is March 5. There is a small stipend for this position.

Questions? Contact Dr. John M. Peterson, Graduate Director of American Studies, at jmpeterson@udallas.edu.

Saturday, March 12, 2022 • 10:00 AM CST
SB Hall • University of Dallas

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Thomas West headshotThomas G. West is the Paul Ermine Potter and Dawn Tibbetts Potter Endowed Professor in Politics at Hillsdale College. He spent most of his previous career at the University of Dallas. Professor West has taught and published on a wide variety of topics, including Plato, Shakespeare, Locke, freedom of speech, contemporary liberalism, and Protestant theology in colonial America. His earlier book on the founding, Vindicating the Founders, responded to the typical liberal criticisms and misrepresentations of the founders’ view of blacks, women, and the poor. His latest book is The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom.

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