The Woodrow Wilson National Symposium 2010

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World of Power/World of Law:  Wilsonianism and Other Visions of Foreign Policy 

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library held its national symposium, "World of Power/World of Law:  Wilsonianism and Other Visions of Foreign Policy," on April 14-16, 2010, in Staunton, Virginia, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center and at the Presidential Library.   

Walter Russell Mead, noted foreign policy expert, gave the keynote address entitled, "Wilsonian Foreign Policy:  Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow."

Scholars presented papers on several topics, including: 

  • "The Rooseveltian Tradition:  Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and George W. Bush" 
  • "The Wilsonian Chimera:  Why Debating Wilson's Vision Can't Save American Foreign Relations" 
  • "Vietnam as a Legacy of Wilsonian Internationalism:  The Case of Roger Hilsman"
  • "Wilsonianism at Home and Abroad:  A Comparative Analysis" 
  • "A Strange Fate:  Quincy Wright and the Trans-War Trajectory of Wilsonian Internationalism" 
  • "Crisis, institutional change and the delegation of discretion:  Wilson's role in the creation of the Federal Reserve"
  • "Woodrow Wilson in the Literature and Discipline of Political Science"
  • "Race and Representation:  Japan and the Limits of a Wilsonian Democratic Peace"
  • "Scientific Racism and Self-Determination:  The Case of Austria-Hungary"

The Woodrow Wilson National Symposium is held periodically and convenes scholars from around the nation and the world to examine the life, times, and ideas of Woodrow Wilson for two days of panel presentations, dialogue and debate.  For a copy of the program, click here

For more information about previous symposia, see the links below. 

For more information about the Woodrow Wilson National Symposium, contact Dr. Joel Hodson, Director of Education at the WWPL, at 540-885-0897, ext. 103, or at jhodson@woodrowwilson.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

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A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

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