HISTORY PROFESSOR TO
REVISIT 18TH CENTURY
Is it possible that historians
have discovered new information about America's past?
Trinity professor Russ Reeves
will find out this summer when he takes part in "Political History of the
Early Republic: New Challenges, Old Strengths," a weeklong seminar at Columbia
University in New York City. For five days, visiting professors will examine
the years immediately following the American Revolution through the administrations
of the first five U.S. presidents. Dr. Joyce Appleby, professor of history
emerita at the University of California-Los Angeles, will lead the conference.
"I have a chance to study
with a very highly regarded historian," said Reeves, who teaches history.
"One of her most recent books (Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation
of Americans) altered the way many historians interpret early American
history, and I hope to engage her on that topic."
The Council of Independent
Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, who are
sponsoring the session June 22-27, invited 25 professors from across the
country to participate. The seminar will be doubly helpful for Reeves as
he continues pursuing his doctorate in history from the University of Iowa.
"This seminar has a bearing
both on the American history courses I teach and my dissertation," he said.
"I plan to use several of Dr. Appleby's works in my classes, and I also
intend to discuss specific details about that era with other members of
the seminar. It will be a tremendous asset to my studies."
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