Shawnee Trail Conference

In the early nineteenth century, the Shawnee Trail conveyed cattle from Texas pasture-lands to Missouri railheads and thence the nation. Now in its fifth year, the Shawnee Trail Regional Conference likewise forges lines of connection, bringing scholars from around the Midwest and beyond together to discuss their work on American politics and constitutionalism with colleagues in a convivial setting. The conference utilizes a roundtable format, with presenters circulating papers in advance of the meeting, and takes place annually, rotating between Columbia, MO, and other locations.

The 2019 Shawnee Trail Conference will be held March 7-8 in Columbia, with a graduate workshop taking place on the 7th and panels on the 8th. In addition, a pair of book symposia will be held on the 7th, for Boston University Professor of Law and Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar Linda C. McClain’s The Rhetoric of Bigotry: Controversies over Marriage and Civil Rights (under contract with Oxford University Press) and Boston University Honorable Paul J. Liacos Professor of Law James E. Fleming’s Constructing Basic Liberties: A Defense of Substantive Due Process (under contract with University of Chicago Press). Cornell University Professor of Law Josh Chafetz will also give a keynote for the conference.

A full list of panels and papers from the 2018 Shawnee Trail Conference can be found here, in the Institute’s Spring 2018 newsletter.

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  • 2019 Shawnee Trail Conference: March 7 & 8 in Columbia

    The fifth annual Shawnee Trail Regional Conference on American Politics & Constitutionalism will return to … Continued

  • Book Symposia with BU Law Prof.’s Jim Fleming & Linda McClain

    As part of programming for the 2019 Shawnee Trail Regional Conference on American Politics & … Continued