40 Teachers from 22 States to Study War More

On April 26-27, 37 high school teachers (and 3 college faculty) from 22 states will assemble for a weekend-long professional development conference on America and Modern War.  This is the 9th in a series of teacher conferences on topics in American military history jointly produced by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the First Division Museum.  Essays from the earlier conferences appear in an E-Book jointly published by FPRI and the First Division Museum: American Military History: A Resource for Teachers and Students.

This event is also FPRI’s 50th weekend conference for teachers since it began sponsoring these programs in 1922 on topics in world and American history and international relations at venues in different parts of the country.  Faculty from over 700 schools in 46 states have participated.  Teachers are provided at no cost with room and board for the weekend, partial travel reimbursements, a stipend opportunity, and an intellectual feast they can never forget.   

Carthage College, a cosponsor, provides graduate credit for participating teachers.

Listed below are the schools represented in this weekend conference, listed by state.  Below that is the complete conference agenda for the weekend.


Participating Schools

America and Modern War: The American Military Post-Vietnam

April 26-27, 2014
First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL

Sponsored by
The Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Butcher History Institute
and Center for the Study of America and the West
First Division Museum at Cantigny Park
Carthage College


Sandra Day O’Connor High School

White Hall High School

Dougherty Valley High School
Great Oak High School
Modesto Junior College
Otto A. Fischer School

Littleton Academy

Wamogo High School

Conrad Schools of Science

Broward County Public Schools

Georgie Cyber Academy
Paulding County High School

Wood River High School

Edwardsville High School
Grant Community High School
Lake Park High School
Mascoutah High School
Naperville Central High School

Park Tudor School

Wood River High School

Ballard High School

McLean County High School

Towson University

North Central Area Schools

Cannon Falls Jr/Sr High Schools
New Prague High Schools
The International School of Minnesota

New Jersey
Morris Knolls High School
Passaic County Technical Institute

New York
Mahopac High School

Clarion Area School District
Pottstown Middle School
Titusville Area High School
Trinity High School

Hixson High School

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

Tunstall High School
Virginia Tech





Conference Agenda

America and Modern War:
The American Military Post-Vietnam

April 26-27, 2014
First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL

 Sponsored by
FPRI’s Butcher History Institute and FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West
First Division Museum at Cantigny Park (a division of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation)
Carthage College


Saturday, April 26

8:50 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks
Paul H. Herbert
Executive Director, First Division Museum at Cantigny

Walter A. McDougall
Co-Chair, FPRI Butcher History Institute, and Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

9:00 a.m. – From Cold War to Post-9/11 in Historical Perspective
Ronald J. Granieri
Executive Director, FPRI Center for the Study of America and the West

10:15 a.m. – Break

10:30 a.m. – Technological Innovation and the American Way of War: From Stealth to GPS to Drones
Michael C. Horowitz
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, and Senior Fellow, FPRI

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

12:45 p.m. – The Decisive Force Wars: Panama and Iraq
BG John Sloan Brown, USA (ret.)
Author of Kevlar Legions

2:00 p.m. – Break

2:15 p.m. – The Nuclear and Missile Threat Since 1991
James J. Wirtz
Dean, School of International Graduate Studies, Naval Postgraduate School

3:30 p.m. – Break

3:45 p.m. – The Savage Wars of Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement: Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo
Janine Davidson
Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

5:00 p.m. – Tour of the Museum

6:00 p.m. – Reception and Dinner


Sunday, April 27

8:30 a.m. – From 9-11 to Today: Afghanistan, Iraq, Philippines, and More
Stephen Biddle
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University

9:45 a.m. – Break

10:00 a.m. – From Black Boots to Desert Boots: Cultural and Social Changes in the US Armed Forces, 1973-Today
Leonard Wong
Research Professor of Military Strategy, US Army War College

11:15 a.m. – Break

11:30 a.m. – Thinking about Military History in an Age of Drones, Hackers, and IEDs
Paul Springer
Air University

12:45 p.m. – Closing Remarks and Adjournment