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The McConnell Connection

Dear friend of the McConnell Center,

Each month, the McConnell Center strives to bring free, quality education opportunities to the public. Last month, Vice President Joe Biden visited the McConnell Center. The 'Dean of Harry Potter Scholars' also made an appearance to expose the literary underpinnings of the popular Hogwarts Saga.

Next week, a WWII historian and Churchill biographer will challenge our understandings of the modern age.

Missed an event? We post podcast interviews and videos on iTunes U.

Public EventsHistorian asks if the modern world is over

Historian asks if the modern world is over

John Lukacs, an award-winning World War II historian and biographer of Winston Churchill, asks us to consider whether we are at the end of the modern age. What does this new post-modern world mean for our understanding of history, science, art and what it is to be human?

6 p.m., Tuesday, March 8 • Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville

Free reception honoring Dr. Lukacs and book signing to follow. More »

Country's best days are head, Biden tells UofL

Country's best days are head, Biden tells UofL

“This is an historic day for the people of Egypt,” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said to students, faculty, staff and others at the University of Louisville Feb. 11, less than an hour after Hosni Mubarak stepped down as president of Egypt. Biden was a guest of the McConnell Center. More »

McConnell Scholars UofL football coach shares his keys to success

UofL football coach shares his keys to success

Charlie Strong, the University of Louisville's head football coach, visited the McConnell Scholars Feb. 24. Strong shared his five core values and emphasized that athletes are here to obtain quality educations. Read Scholar Eric Kiser's blog about the leadership seminar. »

The Life of a McConnell Scholar

Ever wonder what opportunities are out there for our McConnell Scholars? See the 40 top achievers take advantage of books, seminars, travel and other enrichment opportunities. Check out their blog, which chronicles their McConnell Scholar education.

Civic Education Essay Contest 2011

Essay Contest 2011

Whom do you consider a hero or heroine from American history?

In conjunction with the McConnell Center's publication of "Hero Tales of American History," we encourage students in grades 5-12 to participate in our 2011 essay contest. $300 for first place in each division. More »