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Chapel Speaker Addresses the American Revolution

As part of an endowed grant from Suffield's Grandparents' Association, Dr. Alan Gibson gave this year's American history talk on September 23.

Dr. Gibson spoke to the Suffield community about the American Revolution and covered a wide range of topics including politics, religion, and slavery. He showed images of George Washington and the Battle of Bunker Hill to demonstrate how different artists—including Connecticut's own John Trumbull—depicted the Revolution. Dr. Gibson tied his discussion to this year's school theme of identity and asked students to think about manifest destiny, moral culpability, and how the events of that time influenced our country's egalitarian ethos. He hit on complex questions about the importance of personal morals and responsibility in leadership.

In 2011, Gibson was a visiting scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He has published articles in Polity, History of Political Thought, The Review of Politics, and The Political Science Reviewer. He is also the author of two books: Interpreting the Founding: Guide to Enduring Debates over the Origins and Foundations of the American Republic and Understanding the Founding: The Crucial Questions. Gibson has held fellowships from the International Center for the Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Virginia, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a professor at California State University, Chico.
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