Association of Centers for the Study of Congress

Ninth Annual Meeting, May 24-26, 2012

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, The University of Georgia

 300 South Hull Street, Athens, Georgia

Schedule of Events

All sessions held on 2nd Floor in Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.


Thursday, May 24th

Check-In, 1st Floor, Lobby.....................................................................................................12:00 p.m.

Lunch, 2nd Floor, Great Hall..........................................................................................12:30-1:30 p.m.


Welcome...........................................................................................................................1:45-2:00 p.m.

Sheryl B. Vogt, ACSC President and Director, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia

William G. Potter, University Librarian and Associate Provost, University of Georgia


Session 1:  Keynote........................................................................................................ 2:00-3:00 p.m.

“The Strange Career of the Solid South”

James C. Cobb, B. Phinizy Spalding
Distinguished Professor in the History of the American South, University of Georgia


One of the premier historians of the American South, Cobb’s books include The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity (1992); Georgia Odyssey (1997 - new edition, updated, 1998); Redefining Southern Culture (1999); Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity (2005); and The Brown Decision: Jim Crow and Southern Identity (2005). He has received a number of awards including the Mary Lawton Hodges Prize in Southern Studies for Away Down South. Critics hailed that book as "comprehensive, thoughtful and utterly fascinating," and one critic (Edwin Yoder Jr.) suggested that with the death of C. Vann Woodward, "Cobb is perhaps our best historical interpreter of the South."

Sheryl B. Vogt, Facilitator


Break, 2nd Floor, Great Hall...........................................................................................3:00-3:15 p.m.


Session 2:  Congressional Centers and Public Service Leadership Development.......3:15-4:30 p.m.

This session will discuss how centers use lessons from previous generations as a foundation to help develop leaders for the future and how to tap the power of partnership to expand programming.

Panel Members:

William "Brother" Rogers,  Facilitator, Stennis Center for Public Service

Sidney L. Salter,  Journalist-in-Residence, Mississippi State University Libraries


Session 3:  Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries........................ 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Enjoy an in-depth, behind the scenes tour of this $46M, 115,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility that is on track for LEED certification. Highlights include an overview of the new archives management, reference, and circulation systems being used by staff; work areas; classrooms; and the 30,000-square-foot Harvard-model, high-density storage vault that is largely underground, unique in that it is incorporated into an actual library rather than off-site.


Departure Time for Transportation to Dinner........................................................................6:30 p.m.

Evening Reception/Dinner.......................................................................................................7:00 p.m. 

ACSC attendees join the Congress and History Conference (CHC) attendees for dinner hosted by Professor Keith Poole, Philip H. Alston, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Political Science, University of Georgia.       

                                               

                                                      Friday, May 25th

Continental Breakfast, 2nd Floor, Great Hall.........................................................................8:00 a.m.


Session 4:  News Round Up from the Centers.............................................................9:00-10:30 a.m.

ACSC members share news and events from their repositories. 

Sheryl B. Vogt, Facilitator


Break,  2nd Floor, Great Hall......................................................................................10:30-10:45 a.m.


Session 5:  Phase II Project Opportunity with Kettering Foundation........................10:45-12:00 noon

ACSC members discuss possible collaborative project for naming and framing a topic or idea that promotes the study of Congress and developing an issue guide for deliberative forums.

Panel Members:

Sheryl B. Vogt, Facilitator, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Burt Altman, Claude Pepper Library, Florida State University

Kate Cruikshank, Modern Political Papers, Indiana University Libraries

William "Brother" Rogers, Stennis Center for Public Service


Lunch, 2nd Floor, Great Hall.......................................................................................... 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Report of Research Experiences, Mark E. Owen

2011 Richard A. Baker Graduate Student Research Travel Award Recipient


Joint Sessions (6-9) with Congress and History Conference

Session 6: Roundtable Discussion: Doing Archival Research in Political Science ....1:00-2:00 p.m.

The four editors of this just-released book explain why political scientists need to conduct research at congressional centers and discuss the "how to" of archival research.

Panel Members:

Kenneth Kato, Facilitator, Associate Historian, Office of the House Historian, U.S. House of Representatives

Scott A. Frisch, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Political Science, California State University Channel Islands

Douglas B. Harris, Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Political Science, Loyola University Maryland

Sean Q. Kelly, Professor of Political Science, California State University Channel Islands

David C. W. Parker, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Montana State University


Break,  2nd Floor, Great Hall..........................................................................................2:00-2:15 p.m.


Session 7: Research at the Centers................................................................................2:15-4:00 p.m.

This session will explore the diverse types of materials housed in political collections and highlight the tools available for locating and using archival collections. Representatives from a number of repositories will demonstrate the ways to discover collections and answer specific questions about their holdings.

Panel Members:

Katherine S. Stein, Facilitator, Head of Arrangement and Description, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia

Betsy Pittman, Curator of Political Collections, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries

Dorothy Walker, Associate Director, South Carolina Political Collections, University of South Carolina


Break, 2nd Floor, Great Hall............................................................................................4:00-4:15 p.m.


Session 8: Reflection on Changes in Congress from Former Members........................4:15-5:45 p.m.

Two former Members of Congress share perspectives on changes in Congress and on efforts to help college students learn about the legislative branch through the Congress to Campus program. They will also share lessons learned from the handling of their official papers and reflect on the importance of congressional papers to historians.

Panel Members:

William "Brother" Rogers, Facilitator, Stennis Center for Public Service

Representative Martin Lancaster, North Carolina, 1987-1995

Representative Matt McHugh, New York, 1975-1992


ACSC and CHC Reception and Dinner: 2nd Floor, Great Hall ...........................................6:30 p.m.

6:30 - Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres; 7:00 - Dinner


Saturday, May 26th

Continental Breakfast, 2nd Floor, Great Hall..........................................................................8:00 a.m.


Session 9: Congressional Centers and Support of Scholars.........................................9:00-10:15 a.m.

Presenters discuss how their institutions lend support to congressional scholars through fellowships, grants, and awards.

Panel Members:

Charles Stewart III, Facilitator, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science, MIT

Regina Greenwell, Senior Archivist, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library

Frank Mackaman, Director, Dirksen Congressional Center

Richard McCulley, Historian, Center for Legislative Archives


Break: 2nd Floor, Great Hall......................................................................................10:15-10:30 a.m.


Session 10: Membership Meeting: Committee Reports ..........................................10:30-11:45 a.m.

This session is reserved for reports from all committees, task forces, and working groups.

Sheryl B. Vogt, Facilitator


Lunch and Business Meeting: 2nd Floor, Great Hall ..................................................11:45-1:00 p.m.

Reserved for the transaction of formal business.

Sheryl B. Vogt, Facilitator


CONFERENCE ENDS...........................................................................................................1:00 p.m.

Executive Committee Meets...................................................................................................1:15 p.m.

 

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