A weeklong, virtual summer institute led by scholars of the American founding at Florida Atlantic University.
Partner Professor Kevin Wagner (Florida Atlantic University) will be hosting a virtual summer institute for teachers on the American Founding. Kristin Shockley (Florida Atlantic University) will focus on Alexander Hamilton and the award-winning Broadway play Hamilton: An American Musical.
The institute will also feature workshop sessions led by a specialist from The Center for Legislative Archives and a professional development expert from the Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In addition to in-depth study of founding documents, teachers will apply concepts and primary sources to the classroom. The institute is entirely cost-free for teachers. See an agenda for the week below. All materials and pre-readings will be provided and participants will receive a $300 stipend.
The American Founding: Fresh Perspectives for 2021
Monday, July 12
with Professor Kevin Wagner, Florida Atlantic University
9:10 am – 10:30 am: Federalism
10:40 am – 12:10 pm: Democracy and Social Media
1:10 pm – 2:40 pm: Separation of Powers
Tuesday, July 13
with Charles Flanagan, Outreach Supervisor for The Center for Legislative Archives
9:10 am – 10:30 am: Anti-Federalists v. Federalists, part I
10:40 am – 11:40 am: Anti-Federalists v. Federalists, part II
Wednesday, July 14
with Kristin Shockley, Florida Atlantic University
9:10 am – 10:30 am: Hamilton: The Man and the Musical, part I
10:40 am – 12:10 pm: Hamilton: The Man and the Musical, part II
1:10 pm – 2:40 pm: Hamilton: The Man and the Musical, part III
Thursday, July 15
with Timothy Moore, Deputy Director for Outreach and Professional Development for the Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:00 am – 10:20 am: Ratification of the Constitution, part I
10:40 am – 11:40 am: Ratification of the Constitution, part II
Meet the scholars:
Kevin Wagner is Professor and Department Chair of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. His research interests include judicial politics, political behavior, legislative behavior, American political development, media and politics, and American political thought. His research seeks to understand political change in democratic systems including shifts caused by technology.
Kristin Shockley is Senior Instructor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. She is interested in American democratic principles, American political development, the Founding era, immigration, and religion in American politics. She recently developed an undergraduate course based on the award-winning Broadway play Hamilton: An American Musical.
The Center for Legislative Archives, a part of the National Archives and Records Administration, preserves and makes available to researchers the historical records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Through its public outreach programs, the Center uses these historical records to promote a better understanding of Congress and the history of American representative government.
The Center for the Study of the American Constitution (CSAC) is a non-profit, non-partisan center housed within the History Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. CSAC was founded in 1981 as an outgrowth of the Ratification Project—a major NHPRC- and NEH-funded documentary editing project that publishes The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution series.
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