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October 18, 2002

Institute program looks at roots of political rebellion

Join the Williamsburg Institute at Colonial Williamsburg for a three-day seminar that will examine the roots of American political rebellion in “Protest in America: Engineering the Revolution,” Nov. 1-3.

Participants will explore the American tradition of political protest—from how our forefathers first established the birth of a new nation to the concept of rebellion as an “inalienable right” that not only is sanctioned by government but also may be used against it when deemed necessary by the people.

Gordon S. Wood, Pulitzer Prize winner and professor of history, Brown University, Providence, R.I., will present the keynote lecture. Additional lectures will be given by Ronald Hoffman, director, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Va.; Pauline Maier, professor of history, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.; and expert Colonial Williamsburg staff.

Continuing education units will be offered through Virginia Commonwealth University upon completion of the seminar for an additional fee of $20 per person. Seminar registration must be made in advance and accompanied by a $250 registration fee ($125 for employees with the 50 percent employee discount), which includes an opening reception, two morning coffee breaks, dinner and a special program on Saturday evening as well as all program presentations. An optional lunch on Friday is available for an additional $25. Conference size is limited. Register by mail, fax or online at Registration cannot be accepted by telephone.

Fees are payable by major credit card or by check. For additional registration information, contact the conference program manager by telephone (757) 565-8635, fax (757) 565-8630 or email at

Holders of valid Colonial Williamsburg Liberty passes will receive a 15 percent discount on the conference registration fee. Liberty Passes must be valid through Nov. 3.

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Sophia Hart
(757) 220-7272