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The McConnell Connection

Dear friend of the McConnell Center,

Happy new year! We're continuing our "Remembering American History" lecture series this semester, and we hope to see you at our events. Be sure to check out our Facebook page, too, as we regularly post content about upcoming events, news and scholarship opportunities.

Public Events

Spring 2012 Lecture Series

From the Progressive Era to the Cold War, we're covering more than two centuries' worth of history in our "Remembering American History" monthly lecture series. The nine-part program will conclude in April 2012. All events will be held in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium. They are free and open to the public. More details »

Was there a Gilded Age? Was there a Progressive Era?

Jan. 25, 6 p.m. - Dr. Alan Lessoff, of Illinois State University, will discuss how the Progressive Era's unwieldy number of people, groups and issues makes it difficult for historians to pinpoint over-arching objectives for such a revolutionary time. The event kicks off our Spring 2012 public lecture series.  Free and open to the public.

Missed a lecture?

Check out our video gallery - including the first four lectures of our "Remembering American History" series.

McConnell Scholars

Four head to national moot court tourney

Ben Shepard, Ben Weyman, Melissa Moore and Arsh Haque will leave tomorrow for the national undergraduate moot court tournament in Orange County, California. The pairs finished 2nd and 3rd overall in regional competition. More details »

Student Voices: The McConnell Scholars' Blog

From a meeting with Rick Pitino, head of the University of Louisville's men's basketball coach, to a private meeting with Speaker of the House John Boehner, our McConnell Scholars record their fall 2011 experiences on our blog. Read more »

ALUM: Helms blogs from Kosovo

Charley Helms, a 2011 graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program and an Owensboro native, is currently teaching English to Albanian and Serbian students as part of a Fulbright grant. Check out his blog and photos.

Civic Education

Foundations of New Deal policies

March 1-4, 2012: Kentucky teachers are encouraged to apply to a four-day professional development conference centered on the origins of New Deal policies. All expenses, including substitute teachers, will be covered by the McConnell Center. Apply by Jan. 16.