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Scouting:  A Centennial History Symposium
February 15-16, 2008
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

February 15
8:30                   Registration/continental breakfast

9:00                   Welcome – Ronald G. Walters, Johns Hopkins University (USA)

9:15 -10:30        Panel 1  Origins and Intents: Chair and Comment: Allen Warren, University of York (UK)

      “True Origins and Original Intent: Historical Disagreements and the Origins and Control of Boy Scouting in the United States”
      David Macleod, Central Michigan University (USA)

      “The Double Concept of Subject and Citizen at the Heart of Guiding and Scouting”
      Sophie Wittemans, Attaché, Belgian Senate (Belgium)

10:30                 Break w/coffee
10:45 -12:15      Roundtable A:  Scouting as Conservator of Traditions
                                    Moderator: Tammy M. Proctor, Symposium Co-Chair, Wittenberg University (USA)

      Philmont – Stephen A. Zimmer, former Director, Philmont Museums and co-author, Philmont:  An Illustrated History (USA)

      Order of the Arrow and Wood Badge – Kenneth P. Davis, author, The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service: A History of the Order of the Arrow and A History of Wood Badge in the United States(USA)

      Woodcraft  – William Dyar, interpretive historian (USA)

12:15                 Lunch & Keynote Address
                                Introduction of Speaker:  Benjamin Lammers, Caldwell College (USA)

                               The Changing Place of Youth in an Aging Society
                               John R. Gillis, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University (USA)
1:45 - 3:30         Panel 2:  Scouting and Social Transformation
                          Chair and Comment: Birgitte Søland, The Ohio State University (USA)

      “Christianity, Nature Religion, and the Confusion of Tongues in the Boy Scouts of America”
      Jay Mechling, University of California – Davis (USA)

      “Savages and the ‘She Period’: The Boy Scouts of America’s Younger and Older Boy Problem”
      Ben Jordan, Kenyon College (USA)

      “Scouting for Gender Equality?:  The Amalgamation of the Swedish Boy and Girl Scout Association and the Construction of Swedish Identity”
      Bodil Formark, Mid Sweden University and The National Graduate School of Gender Studies (Sweden)

3:30-3:45           Break w/coffee
3:45-5:00           Roundtable B: Documenting Scouting and Guiding in the Archives
                          Moderator: Tammy M. Proctor, Symposium Co-Chair, Wittenberg University (USA)

                    ScoutingUK – Paul Moynihan, Archivist, Scout Association (UK)
                    GuidingUK  – Margaret Courtney, retired Archivist, Guide Association (UK)
                    Boy Scouts of America – Elizabeth Brantley, Curator, National Scouting Museum, BSA (USA)
                    Girl Scouts of the USA – Susan A. Miller, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
5:00                   Reception
February 16
9:30                   Registration/continental breakfast
10:00 - 11:30     Panel 3:  Scouting and Identity Formation
                               Chair and Comment: Lia Paradis, Slippery Rock University (USA)

      “Fighting Pioneer Youth: Zionist Scouting in Israel and Baden-Powell’s Legacy”
      Eitan Bar-Yosef, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)

      “Middle Eastern Scouting and Middle-class Modernity, 1910-1946”
      Keith Watenpaugh, University of California – Davis (USA)

      “Youth Citizenship and Religious Identity: Muslim Scouting in the UK”
      Sarah Mills, University of Wales, Aberwystwyth (UK)

11:30                 Lunch (on your own)

12:30-2:00         Panel 4:  Gender and Colonialism
                          Chair and Comment:  Timothy Parsons, Washington University (USA)

      “Scouts Down Under: Scouts and the Ideal of ‘Manliness’ in Australia, 1908-1920”
      Martin Crotty, University of Queensland (Australia)

      “Race, Gender, and Colonial (Anti)modernity: Girl Guide Camps in Interwar England, Canada, and India” Kristine Alexander, York University (Canada)

      “Healthy, Efficient and Supple Bodies: The Appeal of the Boy Scouts in Colonial India”
      Carey Watt, St. Thomas University (Canada)

2:00-2:15           Break w/coffee
2:15-4:15           Panel 5:  Scouting Today in Historical Perspective
                               Chair & Comment: Nelson R. Block, Symposium Co-Chair, author of
                               A Thing of the Spirit: The Life of E. Urner Goodman (USA)

      “Israeli Scout Movement – From Pioneer Settlement to Congregationalism”
      Zeev Zivan, Ben Gurion University, Achva College (Israel)

      “Status quo keeper or social change promoter?  The Double Side of World Scouting’s Citizenship Education”
      Eduard Vallory, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)

      “Always an Eagle Scout:  the Significance of the Boy Scouts in the Life and Career of President Gerald R. Ford”
      Jeffrey Charnley, Michigan State University (USA)

      “The Rebirth of Scouting in Russia”
      Yury Kudryashov, Pomor State University (Russia)

4:15-4:30           Final Comments – Nelson R. Block
4:30                        Reception
[The Symposium is not affiliated with any international or national Scout association.]

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