The Bill of Rights: Origins & Legacy

June 12-15, 2017

On June 12, high school social studies educators from all corners of the state will descend on Columbia for our annual Teachers Academy, an initiative co-developed with the Missouri Humanities Council that provides teachers with an opportunity to gain further expertise in their primary subject field by spending three days studying a theme from American constitutional history alongside Kinder Institute faculty and other scholars from around the region. This year, the focus will be on unpacking the complex and still evolving history of the U.S. Bill of Rights, tracing it not only from the Federalist and Anti-Federalist debates of the 1780s through constitutional questions still being grappled with in the present day, but also beyond the borders of the United States. Though still in the final stages of development, the schedule of seminars includes: University of Missouri Assistant Professor of Education LaGarrett King’s “Black Founders of the United States”; University of Missouri Associate Professor of History Robert Smale’s, “President for Life: Simón Bolívar’s Constitutional Vision”; and University of West Florida Associate Professor of Government David Ramsey’s, “What is Freedom of the Press.”

Stay tuned in here for the April 30 announcement of the full schedule of seminars for the 2017 Missouri Summer Teachers Academy.