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University of Dallas: American Studies Institute Day – “American Grounding: People and Place in America”

April 21, 2023 - April 22, 2023

April 21-22, 2023, 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, bringing together academics, scholars, and other leading figures with local classical educators. What makes this conference is unique is that K-12 teachers (“Institute Fellows”) serve as discussants for the papers presented.

The schedule  includes a keynote address from Stephan Wolfe, as well as presentations featuring Susan Hanssen, John M. Peterson, Samuel Postell, Casey Wheatland, Charlie Connellan, and Ian Dagg.


Tentative Schedule


Friday, April 21

SB Hall, Multipurpose Room

  • 5 p.m.: Keynote Address: Stephen Wolfe, “How Anglo-Protestant
    Contradictions Made and Unmade America”
  • Responses by Dr. Susan Hanssen, History Department, and Dr. John M. Peterson, Director of American Studies & Classical Education

Saturday, April 22

SB Hall, Serafy Room

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: American Grounding: People and Place in America
    • Samuel Postell, University of Dallas: “The Future Complexion of New England: The Promise of Marriage in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The May-Pole of Merry Mount'”; Discussant: Bradley Deitzen
    • Casey Wheatland, Texas State University: “On Manly Firmness: The Continental Army and the Declaration of Independence”; Discussant: Jonathan Rogers
    • Charlie Connellan, University of Dallas: “American Autochthony”; Discussant: Bradley Deitzen
    • Ian Dagg, University of Dallas and Baylor University: “On the Development of the Criminalization of War Within Western Civilization”; Discussant: Jonathan Rogers
  • 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion on Christian Nationalism featuring Paper Presenters, Respondents, Discussants, and the Audience


Friday, April 21, 2023 • 5:00 PM CT
SB Hall • University of Dallas

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