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

The videos for this academy will be available to view beginning on June 1st, 2021.

This year’s video lectures:

Founders’ Expectations [Michael Faber, Texas State]

Election of 1800 [Jeff Pasley, Mizzou]

12th Amendment/Election of 1824 [Matthew Brogdan, UTSA]

Tyler Ascendancy [Steve Belko, MH]

Election of 1860 [Michael Faber, Texas State]

Election of 1876 [Tommy Upchurch, EGSC]

Election of 1912 [Joseph Postell, Hillsdale]

Election of 2000 [Rich Dougherty, University of Dallas]

Election of 2020 [Stephen Graves, Mizzou]

Presidential Authority in Crises [Ben Kleinerman, Baylor]

Each session will include a live small group Q&A (limited to 100 people per session). Registration for these Q&A’s will be open on May 3rd, 2021.

Session Q&A Schedule:

Q&A – June 16th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.
Founders’ Expectations (Federalist + Antifederalist) [Michael Faber, Texas State]  

Q&A – June 21st, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.
Election of 1800 [Jeff Pasley, Mizzou]

Q&A – June 22nd, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.
12th Amendment/Election of 1824 [Matthew Brogdan, UTSA] 

Q&A – June 24th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.
Tyler Ascendancy [Steve Belko, MH] 

Q&A – June 30th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.
Election of 1860 [Michael Faber, Texas State] 

Q&A – July 1st, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.
Election of 1876 [Tommy Upchurch, EGSC] 

Q&A – July 7th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.
Election of 1912 [Joseph Postell, Hillsdale]

Q&A – July 8th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.
Election of 2000 [Rich Dougherty, University of Dalllas] 

Q&A – July 14th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. 
Election of 2020 [Stephen Graves, Mizzou] 

Q&A – July 15th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.
Presidential Authority in Crises [Ben Kleinerman, Baylor]