This academy provides high school teachers of American History and Government throughout the state with a chance to develop new insights into their subject fields by offering a series of seminars that focus on key ideas, figures, and events in history of American democracy. 

Each year, we focus on a different theme. Previous themes concentrated on (1) majority rule and minority rights, (2) the origins and legacy of the Bill of Rights, (3) Missouri’s struggle for statehood, and (4) revolutions. This year’s theme is “Contested Elections, Electoral Calamities, and Controversial Transitions in Presidential Power.”

In the past, the academy was an in-person, three-day event, held in Columbia on Mizzou’s campus, but with obvious changes in our social environment, we have decided that going virtual with the annual academy will be considerably more effective in reaching an expanded audience of teachers and in allowing us to provide more sessions offered by scholars from all over the country. We have also decided that going virtual will provide us the opportunity to make these lectures open to the general public, as part of our mission to advance life-long learning opportunities for citizens all across our state.

For questions regarding the academy, contact Ashley Beard-Fosnow at ashley@mohumanities.org

Contested Elections, Electoral Calamities, and Controversial Changes in Presidential Power

Scholars have submitted the videos below, and they are available for your viewing at your convenience.

Founders' Expectations

Presented by Michael Faber, Texas State University

Join Michael Faber on June 16th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. for a live Q&A. 

Election of 1800

Presented by Jeff Pasley, University of Missouri

Join Jeff Pasley on June 21st, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. for a live Q&A. 

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12th Amendment/Election of 1824

Presented by Matthew Brogdan, University of Texas at San Antonio

Join Matthew Brogdan on June 22nd, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. for a live Q&A. 

Tyler Ascendancy

Presented by Dr. Steve Belko, Missouri Humanities 

Join Steve Belko on June 24th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. for a live Q&A. 

Election of 1860

Presented by Michael Faber, Texas State University

Join Michael Faber on June 30th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. for a live Q&A. 

Election of 1876

Presented by Tommy Upchurch, East Georgia State College

Join Tommy Upchurch on July 1st, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. for a live Q&A. 

Election of 1912

Presented by Joseph Postell, Hillsdale College

Join Joseph Postell on July 7th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. for a live Q&A. 

Election of 2000

Presented by Rich Dougherty, University of Dallas

Join Rich Dougherty on July 8th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. for a live Q&A. 

Election of 2020

Presented by Stephen Graves, University of Missouri

Join Stephen Graves on July 14th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. for a live Q&A. 

Presidential Authority in Crises

Presented by Ben Kleinerman, Baylor University

Join Ben Kleinerman on July 15th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. for a live Q&A.