Southeastern history faculty to teach at A+PEL American Studies Conference June 10

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Two members of Southeastern Louisiana University’s history faculty will lead the annual American Studies Conference of the Associate Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL). This year’s theme is “From Chalmette to Chapultepec: (Re) Considering American Continentalism in the Age of Old and Young Hickory (1815-1848) and in Your Classroom.”
    The conference will be held Friday, June 10, at the LABI Conference Center, 3113 Valley Creek Drive in Baton Rouge. Cost to attend the conference, which is intended for elementary and secondary social studies teachers, is $25. Lunch will be provided and eight CLUs awarded. Reservations should be made as soon as possible at the website, as slots are filled on a first come, first served basis.
    The program will include presentations on “There Can Be No Binding Oaths Between Man and Lions: The Mexican War’s Manifest Destiny in American Continentalism” by Charles Elliott, Southeastern instructor of undergraduate and graduate courses in Louisiana, American Frontier, and 19th Century American History; and “The British (Maybe) are Coming: England and the United States as Old Enemies and New Friends at Mid-century” by William B. Robison, professor of history and head of the Southeastern Department of History and Political Science.
    The program will conclude with a panel discussion “Heads-ups, Hands-ons, and Hand-outs: Taking (and Talking) American Continentalism into Your Classroom with Articles and Primary Documents” led by Tangipahoa Parish School System Curriculum Supervisor Ann Trappey and Dana Morrison of the Sherwood Middle Academic School in East Baton Rouge Parish. Participating in the panel will be conference faculty, staff and attending teachers.
    Also participating is Southeastern graduate Chase Tomlin, now a doctoral candidate at LSU.
    For more information, visit the website

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