2018 Bennion Teachers' Workshop - Revolution, Representation, Propaganda:
Discovering Democracy in the 18th-Century Atlantic
Date: Monday, June 4 - Friday, June 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily; Additional Events on Monday and Thursday Evenings
Place: University Inn - Room 507, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Director: Dr. Julia Gossard, Assistant Professor of History, USU
Endowed By: Ione Spencer Bennion
Media and Technology Meet History
Various forms of media have long served as catalysts of revolution and change. The 2018 Bennion Teachers' Workshop will focus on media and the experiments with representative governments that emerged from the violent upheavals of revolution at the end of the eighteenth century in the United States, France, and Haiti.
- Participants will explore the topic through an immersive role-play simulation of the American Revolution ("Reacting to the Past") that will offer a broad background on social, ideological, and political forces.
- The workshop will critically examine the uses of revolutionary-era media, including propaganda, newspapers, and pamphlets.
- Participants will collaborate in a cumulative project to create an educational resource website on comparative Atlantic Revolutions.
Dr. William Klooster, Keynote Scholar, Professor at Clark University and author of one of the workshop's main texts, Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History
Dr. Robert Olwell, Jefferson historian who has used the "Reacting to the Past" platform in classes at the University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Liz Covart, Digital Projects Editor at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and founder of the award-winning podcast Ben Franklin's World
Dr. Julia Gaffield, Historian who rediscovered the first draft of the Haitian Constitution
Jessica Grzegorski, Newberry Library Archivist who manages the Newberry's collection of nearly 30,000 pamphlets from the French Revolution
Dr. Angela Diaz, Utah State University, historian of territorial expansion in the Gulf South and Latin America and Haitian slave rebellions
- Monday: What is "Atlantic" and Comparative History? Discussion of the Methods and Themes of the 2018 Workshop
Evening: Keynote Address - Free and Open to the Public at 6:30 p.m.: "Discovering Democracy in the 18th-Century Atlantic" by Dr. William Klooster. Book Signing and Light Reception.
- Tuesday: Privileges versus Rights: Mock "Estates General" Meeting at the USU Amphitheater and Preparing for "Reacting to the Past" Role-Play
- Wednesday: Media in the Age of Revolutions: Special Session in the Merrill-Cazier Library's Special Collections
- Thursday: Competing Declarations: Comparing Independence Documents from America, France, and Haiti
Evening: Eighteenth-Century Feast: Offsite Banquet Celebrating Period Food & Music (Tickets for additional guests may be purchased ahead of time at $20 each)
- Friday: Ben Franklin's World: Revolutionary Podcast and Writing Our Own Constitutions
Workshop Location, Meals, Lodging, Parking
Location: The workshop will be in the conference room located in the University Inn - Room 507.
Time: A continental breakfast will be available each day beginning at 8:30 am. The workshop will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
Meals: Continental breakfasts, lunches, and the Thursday night banquet included as part of enrollment in the workshop. There are many dining options available close by in Logan for your evening meals.
Lodging: Accomodation options include:
- Reservations at USU residence halls may be arranged through USU Campus Housing (Contact Madyson at 435-797-0423).
- Reservations at the University Inn on USU Campus may be made prior to May 25th at the Bennion Teachers' Workshop rate.
- Several hotels are available in Logan. For a list please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking: If you are driving to campus each day, a week-long parking pass is available for one of the "orange" lots near the University Inn for $20.00 for the entire week. Email email@example.com to receive instructions for purchasing a pass. Daily parking is also available in the Big Blue Terrace or the Aggie Terrace for $1.50 per hour or $7.50 for the entire day.