Virtual Seminar Series for Florida Teachers

Welcome!

This session will explore the influence of John Locke on the Founders’ conception of rights.

Session leaders: Dr. Peter Myers, Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Dr. Mark Malham, Social Studies Coordinator for Martin County, with Ms. April Strong.

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This session will explore the historical development of rights and how rights relate to broader ideas about government.

Session leaders: Dr. Andrew Trees, Professor of History at Roosevelt University, and Dr. Mark Malham, Social Studies Coordinator for Martin County, with Ms. April Strong.

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Classroom Materials & Key

This session will offer a close reading of the Declaration and Jefferson’s initial rough draft.

Session leaders: Dr. Peter Myers, Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Dr. Danton Kostandarithes, Bolles School (Jacksonville).

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This session will look at the dispute between Federalists and Anti-Federalists about what kind of republic would best secure liberty.

Session leaders: Dr. Lynn Uzzell, Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Virginia, and Dr. Danton Kostandarithes, Bolles School (Jacksonville).

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Classroom MaterialsKey

This session will focus on how the Constitution and Bill of Rights establish justice and secure rights.

Session leaders: Dr. Lynn Uzzell, Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Virginia, and Dr. Mark Malham, Social Studies Coordinator for Martin County, with Ms. April Strong.

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Discussion Questions

Classroom Materials & Example

This session will explore Ben Franklin’s writings to better understand how good citizenship draws on both self-interest and civic duty.

Session leaders: Dr. John Zumbrunnen, Professor of Political Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr. Danton Kostandarithes, Bolles School (Jacksonville).

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This session will focus on the division of power between the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary and what happens when the branches overstep their respective boundaries.

Session leaders: Dr. David Ramsey, Professor of Government at the University of West Florida and Dr. Mark Malham, Social Studies Coordinator for Martin County, with Ms. April Strong.

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Classroom Materials & Key

This session will follow the evolution of federalism from the founding to today and consider its importance during national crises, like COVID-19.

Session leaders: Dr. Kevin Wagner, Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University and Dr. Danton Kostandarithes, Bolles School (Jacksonville).

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Classroom Materials & Collaborative Activity

This session will look at impacts of landmark supreme court decisions and perspectives on constitutional interpretation from two Supreme Court justices.

Session leaders: Dr. David Ramsey, Professor of Government at the University of West Florida and Dr. Mark Malham, Social Studies Coordinator for Martin County, with Ms. April Strong.

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Korematsu Answer Key & Obergefell Answer Key

This session will focus on the principle of religious liberty and the important role of this fundamental right in the American political system.

Session leaders: Dr. James M. Patterson, Professor of Politics at Ave Maria University and Dr. Danton Kostandarithes, Bolles School (Jacksonville).

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This session will look at the principle of freedom of speech, how it protects liberty, and the role of the press in a free society.

Session leaders: Dr. James M. Patterson, Professor of Politics at Ave Maria University and Dr. Mark Malham, Social Studies Coordinator for Martin County, with Ms. April Strong.

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This session will focus on the historical development and significance of the second amendment.

Session leaders: Dr. Matthew Brogdon, Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Texas at San Antonio and Dr. Danton Kostandarithes, Bolles School (Jacksonville).

Readings will be posted here when available.