November and December Events

The University of Missouri Press has many book discussion, lectures, and meet-the-author events scheduled during the final months of 2019. Please join us and our wonderful UMP authors as they discuss their latest books from the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 season.

Nov 4, 2019, 6:30 PM–7:45 PM

Dr. Gary Scharnhorst (author of The Life of Mark Twain) talks Twain

Hannibal Free Public Library
200 South 5th Street
Hannibal, Missouri 63401

Dr. Gary Scharnhorst is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. He is the author or editor of fifty books. His trilogy, The Life of Mark Twain, is the first multi-volume biography of Samuel Clemens and has already been hailed as the definitive Twain biography. Over three volumes, Scharnhorst elucidates the life of arguably the greatest American writer and reveals the alchemy of his gifted imagination.

Nov 6, 2019, 11:30 AM–1:00 PM

Disestablishment & Religious Dissent
with authors Carl H. Esbeck and Jonathan J. Den Hartog
Sponsored by Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy

Saint Louis Club
7701 Forsyth Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105

Esbeck and Den Hartog Cover

Amid today’s tensions over a proper understanding of separation of church and state, University of Missouri law professor Carl H. Esbeck and Samford University history professor Jonathan Den Hartog examine the origins of that doctrine. The federal government never had an established church, so it is to the several states where scholars must look to find accounts of what it meant to dismantle a state religion.

Drawing from a new collection of essays, Disestablishment and Religious Dissent: Church-State Relations in the New American States, 1776 to 1833, Esbeck and Den Hartog detail how the American colonies broke from the British Crown and declared themselves sovereign states. In adopting new constitutions, they were forced to address – in many cases reconsider – church-state relations. The elimination of religious taxes and similar preferential treatments was a radical, and some thought risky, departure from the state churches of England and all Western Europe.

Lunch is provided! Get your tickets here.

Nov 7, 2019, 6:30 PM

Religious Liberty: Separating Church and State
with authors Carl H. Esbeck and Jonathan J. Den Hartog

Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch
4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64112

For more information, visit the Kansas City Public Library website.

Nov 8, 2019, 3:30PM–5:00 PM

Book Talk w/ Profs. Carl Esbeck and Jonathan Den Hartog at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy

410 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65201

As part of a Midwestern book tour for their new edited volume, Disestablishment and Religious Dissent: Church-State Relations in the New American States, 1776-1833, Samford University Professor and Chair of History Jonathan Den Hartog and Carl Esbeck, R.B. Price Professor Emeritus/Isabelle Wade & Paul C. Lyda Professor Emertius at the MU Law School, will present their recent research in a November 8 talk at the Kinder Institute. The event will be held at 3:30pm in Jesse 410 and is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by MU School of Law.

Additional information can be found here.

Nov 8, 2019, 7:00PM–8:30 PM

Religious Freedom in Pluralist Perspective for our Polarized Time
with authors Carl H. Esbeck and Jonathan J. Den Hartog
Sponsored by kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy

Center for Missouri Studies
605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO 65201

For the second November 8 event celebrating the launch of Profs. Carl Esbeck and Jonathan Den Hartog’s new co-edited volume, Disestablishment & Religious Dissent: Church-State Relations in the New American States, 1776-1833, the Kinder Institute, University of Missouri Press, and MU Law School will be co-hosting Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance Senior Director Stanley Carlson-Thies in Columbia for an evening lecture on “Religious Freedom in Pluralist Perspective for our Polarized Time” (see abstract below). The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at 7pm at the Center for Missouri Studies. For planning purposes, RSVPs are requested, and you can use the link below to register.

More information and a link to RSVP can be found here.

Nov 16, 2019, 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

Meet the Author, Carli Conklin (author of The Pursuit of Happiness in the Founding Era)

Boone County History & Culture Center
3801 Ponderosa St.
Columbia, MO 65201

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Carli N. Conklin is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law. In The Pursuit of Happiness in the Founding Era: An Intellectual History, Conklin considers the pursuit of happiness across a variety of intellectual traditions and explores its usage in two key legal texts of the Founding Era, William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England and the Declaration of Independence. In so doing, she makes several important contributions to the fields of early American intellectual and legal history.

Additional information can be found on the Boone County History & Culture Center website.

Nov 21, 2019, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

Gregory Fontenot discusses his book, Loss and Redemption at St. Vith

First Division Museum at Cantigny
1s151 Winfield Rd
Wheaton, IL 60189

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Loss and Redemption at St. Vith: The 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge closes a gap in the record of the Battle of the Bulge by recounting the exploits of the 7th Armored Division in a way that no other study has. Most accounts of the Battle of the Bulge give short-shrift to the interval during which the German forward progress stopped and the American counterattack began. This narrative centers on the 7th Armored Division for the entire length of the campaign, in so doing reconsidering the story of the whole battle through the lens of a single division and accounting for the reconstitution of the Division while in combat.

Gregory Fontenot is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army a consultant on threat emulation for Army experimentation and a working historian. He is the lead author of On Point: The US Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom and author of The 1st Infantry Division and the US Army Transformed: Road to Victory in Desert Storm, 1970-1991 (University of Missouri Press, winner of the 2017 Army Historical Foundation award for Unit History).

For more information, visit the Cantigny Park website.

Dec 4, 2019, 6:00 PM

Gregory Fontenot discusses his book, Loss and Redemption at St. Vith

Pritzker Military Museum & Library
104 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

Tickets can be purchased through the Pritzker Military Museum & History website. (Free for members.)

Dec 10, 2019, 7:00 PM

Gregory Fontenot discusses his book, Loss and Redemption at St. Vith
The Dr. Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table talk

Minnesota Historical Society History Center
345 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, Gregory Fontenot, author of  Loss and Redemption at St. Vith: The 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge, and veterans of the battle will discuss the defense and disputed aspects of intelligence and final victory.

Visit the Minnesota Historical Society History Center website for additional information.

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