American Studies Institute 2022

American Studies Institute 2022

“Teaching the American Regime”

Sponsored by the Jack Miller Center & the American Studies Graduate Program

University of Dallas
Saturday, March 12, 2022
SB Hall | 10 AM-7 PM
Winslow Homer, In the Country Store

A conference for the discussion of the teaching—especially at the K-12 level—of American literature, history, politics, and civics, bringing together academics, scholars, and other leading figures with local classical educators. This first event will focus on the question of the “regime,” understood broadly as the “constitution” or “way of life” of a people. What is the American regime, and how ought teachers to instruct in or about it?

featuring a keynote address by 
Dr. Thomas G. West
Professor of Politics, Hillsdale College

 Institute Fellows

The peculiar feature of this conference is that discussants for the following panels are K-12 teachers chosen from among the American Studies Institute Fellows.

This year's fellows are:

  • Bradley Deitzen, Director of Moral & Civil Education, ResponsiveEd, Lewisville, TX. Former 5th Grade Teacher & Director of the Liberty and Learning Fellowship, Founders Classical Academy of Lewisville. BA Political Science, Hillsdale College; Master of Humanities w/ Concentration in Classical Education, University of Dallas (in progress).
  • Peter Conroy, AP US History Teacher, Faustina Academy, Irving, TX. BA Politics, University of Dallas; Master of American Studies, University of Dallas (in progress).
  • Trevor Davis, 11th Grade Paideia and 9th Grade Classical Literature Teacher, Corinth Classical Academy, Hickory Creek, TX. AA Liberal Arts, North Lake College; BA History, University of North Texas; MA Medieval European History, University of North Texas.
  • Jonathan Rogers, History Teacher, Founders Classical Academy of Lewisville. BA History, University of Dallas.
  • Timothy Russell, 9th Grade Humane Letters Teacher (American History & Literature), Great Hearts Irving. AA Liberal Arts, Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts; BA, Liberal Arts: Philosophy, Magdalen College.


Panel #1: The Local and the Global in American LiteratureJason Lund, Baylor University and Treasure Valley Classical Academy, Fruitland, ID

  • Hawthorne’s “Earth’s Holocaust”: On the Temptation of Progressive Internationalism
    • Discussants: Deitzen, Rogers, Russell
  • Stephen Sims, Rochester Institute of Technology
    The Politics of Robert Penn Warren's Wilderness: War, Migration, and Citizenship
    • Discussants: Davis, Russell

Panel #2: Teach the Constitution. What Constitution?

  • Casey Wheatland, Texas State University
    Praetorians: The National Security State Against the People
    • Discussants: Conroy, Davis, Deitzen
  • Antonio Sosa, University of Dallas
    Some Reflections on the Quarrel within American Conservatism and its Implications for Civics Teachers
    • Discussants: Conroy, Rogers

Panel #3: Politics & History Roundtable

  • “How Ought We to Teach 20th Century American History?”

Keynote Speaker

  • Thomas G. West, Hillsdale College
    Teaching American Political Thought: From the Founding to Identity Politics