Southeastern history faculty to teach at A+PEL American Studies Conference June 16

Monday, June 5, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Three members of Southeastern Louisiana University’s history faculty will lead the annual American Studies Conference of the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL).
     This year’s theme is “What then is the American, this new man?” (Re) Considering Life in These United States in the Era of Good (and Not So Good) Feelings (1815-1848) and in Your Classroom,” announced William B. Robison, professor of history and head of the Southeastern Department of History and Political Science.
     The conference will be held Friday, June 16, 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. Continental breakfast and 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 “The Age of Improvement in Britain and America: Importing ‘Dark Satanic Mills’ by Hook-and-Crook into These United States” by Robison; “From Yeoman Farmers to Plain Folk: (Re) Considering Backcountry Social Evolution in Mr. Jefferson’s and General Jackson’s America” by Charles N. Elliott, Southeastern instructor of undergraduate and graduate courses in Louisiana, American Frontier, and 19th Century American History; and “A Peculiarly Strange Sensation Came Over Me: New Men, New Wine, and New Bottles in Our National Second Great Awakening” by Ronald D. Traylor, Southeastern instructor of undergraduate and graduate courses in 19th and 20th Century American and Southern History.
     The program will conclude with a panel discussion “Heads-ups, Hands-ons, and Hand-outs: Taking (and Talking) History into Your Classroom with Primary Documents” led by Tangipahoa Parish School System Social Studies Curriculum Coach Ann Trappey and Dana Morrison of the Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School in East Baton Rouge Parish. Participating in the panel will be conference faculty, staff and attending teachers.
     For more information, visit the website

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