American Studies Institute Day
“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
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
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
- 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,
Panel #1: The Local and the Global in American Literature
SB Serafy Room, 10:00–11:30 | Coffee, Pastries
- Jason 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?
SB Serafy Room, 1:00–2:30 | Coffee
- 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
SB Serafy Room, 3–4:30
- “How Ought We to Teach 20th Century American History?”
SB Multipurpose Room, 5–6:30 | Wine & Cheese Reception
- Thomas G. West, Hillsdale College
Teaching American Political Thought: From the Founding to Identity Politics
Questions? Contact Dr. John M. Peterson, Graduate Director of American Studies, at