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High School Teachers to Learn About Ethical Dilemmas in American Warfare

  • April 10, 2015

High School Teachers to Learn About Ethical Dilemmas in American Warfare

  • April 10, 2015

On April 18-19, 40 teachers from 38 schools in 23 states will participate in our annual history institute on American military history, sponsored jointly by the Foreign Policy Research Institute, First Division Museum at Cantigny, and Carthage College.  This is FPRI’s 52nd weekend-long conference for high school teachers, and its 11th weekend on American military history with the First Division Museum. 

The conference will offer diverse scholarly perspectives on ethical dilemmas and the reasoning behind them in American military history. Each topic will offer a crucial case study in understanding the tension between executive power and legislative prerogative, and also between security and liberty in a free society – issues that resonate with the dilemmas we face today.  A complete agenda, listing speakers and topics, appears at the end of this document.

The essays drawn from the first seven conferences appear in an e-book co-published by FPRI and the First Division Museum: American Military History: A Resource for Teachers and Students.

FPRI’s Butcher History Institute is co-chaired by Pulitzer-prizewinning historian Walter McDougall and by David Eisenhower. The Butcher History Institute covers a wide range of topics in American and world history.  Essays drawn from the lectures are typically published in FPRI’s electronic publication, Footnotes.


The schools represented are listed below by state.

White Hall High School

Sandra Day O’Connor High School, Phoenix
TUSD Cholla magnet High School, Tucson

Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon
Hickman Middle School

Steamboat Springs School District

Wamogo High School, Litchfield

Wilmington Friends School

The Paulding County High School, Dallas

Ballard High School, Huxley

Blaine County School District, Hailey

Clifton Central High School
Grant Community High School, Fox Lake
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora
Kaneland High School, Maple Park
Lincoln College
Mascoutah High School
Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville
Wheeling High School

McLean County High School, Calhoun

New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School

Liberty High School, Towson
Towson University

Lake Shore High School, Clair Shores
Wayne State University, Detroit

The International School of Minnesota, Eden Prairie

Omaha Central High School

New Jersey
Morris Knolls High School, Rockaway
Passaic County Technical School, Wayne

New Mexico
La Cueva High School, Albuquerque

New York
Mahopac High School
Poly Prep Country Day School, Brooklyn

Louisville City Schools

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, Moon
Trinity High School, Washington
Valley Forge Military Academy and College

North Side High School, Fort Worth

Fremont High School, Plain City


Conference Agenda

Ethical Dilemmas in American Warfare

April 18-19, 2015
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 18, 2015

8:50 am (Central Time) – Welcoming Remarks
Paul Herbert, Executive Director, Cantigny First Division Foundation
Walter A. McDougall, Co-Chair, FPRI Butcher History Institute, and Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

9:00 am – The Dilemmas of Civil Liberties and State Security
Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence, The Constitution Project            

10:15 am – Break

10:30 am – The Dilemmas of Captive Combatants
Paul Springer, Associate Professor of Comparative Military History, Air Command and Staff College

12:00 pm – Lunch

12:45 pm – The Dilemmas of Economic Warfare: The Case of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare
Nicholas Lambert, Historian                                      

2:00 pm – Break

2:15 pm – The Dilemmas of Strategic Bombardment
COL (ret.) Gian Gentile, Senior Historian, RAND Corporation 

3:30 pm – Break

3:45 pm – The Dilemmas of Nuclear Strategy
James Turner Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Religion, Rutgers University 

5:00 pm – Tour of the Museum

6:00 pm – Reception and Dinner

Sunday, April 19, 2015

8:30 am – The Dilemmas of Wars Amongst the People: Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq
Colonel Tony Pfaff, Foreign Area Officer for the Middle East and North Africa, Office of Policy Planning, US Department of State  

9:45 am – Break

10:00 am – The Ethics of Emergent Types of War (Domestic): The Patriot Act, Black Sites, and Enhanced Interrogation Techniques
Stephen Vladeck, Professor of Law, American University, Washington College of Law

11:15 am – Break

11:30 am – The Ethics of Emergent Types of War (Overseas): Drones, Cyberattacks, and Future War
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., Executive Director of the Center for Law, Ethics, and National Security, Duke University Law School

12:45 pm – Closing Remarks and Adjournment