Fall Conference 2018

The Ebb and Flow of Optimism through American History

November 16-17, University of Vermont

Saturday Morning Breakout Sessions

Sat 17

The Blessed Hope: Optimism and Apocalypticism in American History

November 17, 2018
10:40 am
- 11:55 am
Randall Balmer explains how, from the earliest days of American history, Protestants have disagreed about interpreting various prophetic passages in the Bible. Their interpretations have sometimes inspired great waves of social reform, and other times have spurred Protestants to seek the second coming of Jesus and the imminent end of history. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 17

Tribal Nations, Manifest Destiny and the “Dying Indian”

November 17, 2018
10:40 am
- 11:55 am
Bruce Duthu considers how Native writers, artists and other humanists have confounded and complicated the national origin story. In the process, they have challenged the United States to live up to its professed commitments to justice for Native peoples as expressed in federal law and Indian affairs policy. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 17

Visions of Progress

November 17, 2018
10:40 am
- 11:55 am
Jennifer Raab looks at 19th-century American landscape painters like Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Albert Bierstadt to consider how artists of that era represented progress and used the physical environment to express hope and doubt, past and future, and the local and the global. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 17

How the Gilded Age Created the Progressive Era

November 17, 2018
10:40 am
- 11:55 am
The voices of the Progressive Era, including Jane Addams, W. E. B. Du Bois, Theodore Roosevelt, and Zitkála-Šá, didn’t come from nowhere. Heather Cox Richardson explains how they articulated a vision for America that had its roots in the runaway capitalism of the Gilded Age. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 17

Discussion and Reflection on the Theme

November 17, 2018
10:40 am
- 11:55 am
VHC program scholar Suzanne Brown will expertly lead attendees in a discussion of three to four short selections that will explore the tension between the new world possibility of our young nation and the inevitable confrontation with social circumstance. Participants will receive these theme-related materials in advance of the conference. (Registration required.) Read More »