Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Butcher History Institute

Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute


The Butcher History Institute, co-chaired by Walter A. McDougall and David Eisenhower, sponsors programs designed to bring high school teachers from around the country together with the nation’s top scholars in history, political science, and other fields for an intensive weekend of lectures and discussion on topics in American and world history and international relations.


David Eisenhower is an FPRI Senior Fellow and a Lindback Award for Excellence of Teaching-recipient Public Policy Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications, where he teaches communications and the president. He is author of the New York Times bestseller Eisenhower at War, 1943-45 and Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969.

Walter A. McDougall is an FPRI Senior Fellow and Professor of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, he is author of a two-volume American history, Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History1585-1828 (2004) and Throes of Democracy: America in the Civil War Era, 1829-1877 (March 2008). His latest book is The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest (Yale University Press 2016)


What Butcher History Institute participants receive:

  • Complimentary overnight accommodations (Friday and Saturday nights, as needed);
  • Complimentary lunch and dinner on Saturday, plus continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday;
  • Assistance in designing curriculum and special projects based on the History Institute;
  • Stipends of $200 for well-developed lesson plans for posting on our website that effectively utilize the experience of the weekend conference, or documentation of in-service presentations based on the weekend;
  • Partial travel reimbursements (up to $250) for participants outside the vicinity of the conference center;
  • Subscription to E-Notes, Footnotes, and other FPRI online publications;
  • A certificate of participation in a program offering 12 hours of instruction. In addition, for those interested, college credit is available for a small fee through our cooperating institution, Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin;
  • Videotapes of the entire conference will be posted subsequently on our website, plus texts of selected lectures.


About the Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy
Begun in 1990, FPRI’s Wachman Center is dedicated to improving civic and international literacy in the community and in the classroom. The Center is named for FPRI’s former president Marvin Wachman (1917-2007).



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Past Events

Essays based on lectured during History Institute Weekends are published as FPRI Footnotes. A full listing of these essays can be found here.

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