“Montesquieu’s Moderation: A Liberal Art for the Commercial World,” with KICD Postdoc Constantine Vassiliou | 01/31/2020

As part of our Spring 2020 series of in-house talks, Kinder Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Thought & Constitutionalism Constantine Vassiliou will present on Montesquieu’s often overlooked anxieties concerning unchecked modern commerce, as well as his philosophical vision for how immoderation and political despotism might be curbed via “fellow-feeling” and “empathy” (see abstract below). The […]

“The State of Constitutional Democracy in Jamaica and the Caribbean,” Distinguished Lecture with The Most Honorable Andrew Michael Holness, ON, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica | 02/06/2020

The Most Honorable Andrew Holness, the ninth prime minister of Jamaica, will talk about his administration’s commitment to governance through the island’s parliamentary system of constitutional democracy. The presentation will discuss key struggles of the Jamaican people to establish constitutional government and strategies for making it responsive to the needs of the people in the […]

“Debating State Secrecy during the American Revolution,” MRSEAH with Notre Dame’s Katlyn Carter | 02/07/2020

To kick off the Spring 2020 run of the Missouri Regional Seminar on Early American History, participants will travel to St. Louis on February 7 to discuss Notre Dame historian Katlyn Carter’s “Piercing the Impenetrable Darkness: Debating State Secrecy during the American Revolution,” a chapter from her larger book project, Houses of Glass: Secrecy, Transparency, […]

“Constructing Colonial Identities and Power in the British Atlantic World,” with KICD Postdoc Erin Marie Holmes | 02/14/2020

In the second of three Spring 2020 postdoc research presentations, Dr. Erin Marie Holmes (Political History) will give a Valentine’s Day talk entitled, “I Could Stair at You All Day: Constructing Colonial Identities and Power in the British Atlantic World,” looking specifically at the broader implications of how slavery transformed the built environment in South […]

“Slavery and Politics at the University of Missouri, 1839-1856,” with KICD Postdoc Zachary Dowdle | 02/21/2020

In his February 21 talk, “‘Everyone…Denounces his Course’: Slavery and Politics at the University of Missouri, 1839-1856,” Kinder Institute Postdoc Zachary Dowdle will explore the university’s connections, and resistance, to the slave economy and slave politics in the decades after its founding (see abstract below). The final installment in our Spring 2020 series of Postdoctoral […]

“Justice Grayed, Delayed, and Aged,” with Univ. of Wisconsin’s Ryan Owens | 02/28/2020

As part of our Spring 2020 series of public talks, University of Wisconsin Professor of American Politics Ryan Owens will present on the “The Effects of Cognitive Aging on Federal Circuit Court Judges” (see abstract below). Free and open to the public, Prof. Owens’ talk will be held on February 28 at 3:30pm in Jesse […]

“Dealing with Disaster Before ‘Disaster Politics,’ 1789-1850,” MRSEAH with Oxford (St. Anne’s College) Prof. Gareth Davies | 04/09/2020

The second Spring 2020 meeting of the Missouri Regional Seminar, set for April 9 in Columbia in conjunction with the BrANCH conference, will feature discussion of “Dangerous Republic: Dealing with Disaster Before ‘Disaster Politics,’ 1789-1850,” a draft chapter from St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford Associate Professor of American History Gareth Davies’ book-in-progress on the […]

“Religious Nationalism in the Age of Lincoln,” BrANCH Conference Keynote with Corpus Christi College, Oxford’s Richard Carwardine | 04/11/2020

The Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians will host their annual meeting in Columbia in 2020. As part of the conference, Richard Carwardine, Emeritus Rhodes Professor of American History at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, and the globe’s pre-eminent Lincoln biographer, will deliver a keynote address exploring how America’s religious sects laid the […]

“The Creation of The President’s Cabinet,” with White House Historian Lindsay M. Chervinsky | 04/17/2020

White House Historical Association historian Lindsay M. Chervinsky will give an April 17 talk examining the history and legacy of the first presidential cabinet (see abstract below). Free and open to the public, the talk will be held at 3:30pm in Jesse Hall 410. It is part of our “Pursuit of Happiness Hour” Friday Colloquium Series, […]

“The Long Atlantic World”: 2020 Kinder Institute Graduate Student Conference | 04/25/2020

Submissions are currently open for the second annual Kinder Institute Graduate Student Conference, which will be organized this year around the theme of “The Long Atlantic World, 1500-200” (see below for more information). The conference will be held on April 25, 2020, in the Kinder Institute offices in Jesse Hall, and submissions, which include a […]

“Divided Houses: The Long History of American Secession Movements,” with KICD Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow Ken Owen | 05/01/2020

An annual spring tradition at the Kinder Institute, the 2020 Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Ken Owen (University of Illinois-Springfield), who will focus in his talk on the long history of non-Confederate secession movements in the United States (see abstract below). The talk will be held on May 1 at […]

“Churchill: Walking with Destiny,” Distinguished Lecture with Prof. Andrew Roberts | 05/05/2020

RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKET HERE Andrew Roberts, acclaimed historian and award-winning author, will deliver the Kinder Institute’s third Distinguished Lecture, sharing some of the insights that went into crafting his 2018 New York Times best-selling biography, Churchill: Walking with Destiny (see abstract below). The lecture will be held on Tuesday, May 5th, at 7pm at […]