October 6-7, 2005: Hauenstein Center director Gleaves Whitney welcomed the audience to the Hauenstein Center’s 3rd annual conference, War and Empire.
The University of Virginia’s Peter S. Onuf delivered the morning keynote address and kicked off the first panel on American founders and empire. He talked about Thomas Jefferson’s vision of America’s imperial greatness.
The Naval War College’s Karl Friedrich-Walling talked about Alexander Hamilton and the republican empire.
David C. Hendrickson spoke about the lessons to be learned from the founding generation.
Members of the audience, including John and Joanne Emmons, take notes during the first panel.
Grand Valley State’s Scott Stabler moderated the second panel — 19th-century American empire. He talked about empire and “the other” — non-white, non-Christian (non-Protestant) Americans.
Richard Bruce Winders, the historian and curator for the Alamo, spoke on the Mexican War, Manifest Destiny, and American empire.
Donald Frazier applied Manifest Destiny to North-South relations in the 19th-century.
Josiah Bunting spoke on U.S. Grant and American empire.
University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Will Moore delivered a presentation on Freemasonry in the United States.
Andrew Cayton, the first speaker of the 1898-1945 panel, talked about the importance of looking at American history from the perspectives of other nations.
Hillsdale’s Brad Birzer talked about isolationism and Wilsonian internationalism in the lead up to the First World War.
Richard Gamble talked about the Americanization of the world during the 20th-century. Other panelists, from left to right, are H. W. Brands, Brad Birzer, and Andrew Cayton.
Elaine Didier, director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, welcomed the audience to the conference’s keynote address by award-winning author and historian H. W. Brands.
In conjunction with the opening of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum’s exhibit, “Teddy Roosevelt: A Singular Life,” H. W. Brands talked about TR and American empire at the turn of the century.
Members of the audience, including (right to left) Jim Kratsas, Gleaves Whitney, Glen Howard, Ralph Hauenstein, and Michael Scheuer, listen to Brands’s talk.
H. W. Brands also talked about the subject of his most recent biography — Andrew Jackson. His book was published two days prior to the conference.
Gleaves Whitney, Ralph Hauenstein, and H. W. Brands
Grand Valley’s Polly Diven kicked off day two of the Hauenstein Center’s War and Empire conference. She moderated the first panel on the Cold War and American empire.
Josiah Bunting talked about George C. Marshall and the Marshall Plan.
Springfield College’s Tom Carty spoke on John F. Kennedy, the Peace Corps, and Americans abroad.
David C. Hendrickson participated in the final two panels of the conference. He gave an overview of American empire during the Cold War, and he talked about America’s role in the world since September 11.
Ivan Eland spoke during the last panel, American empire after 9/11.
Thomas Donnelly talked about the historical precedents for the Bush Doctrine.
Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit, moderated the last panel and delivered a talk on current U.S. foreign p