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Eccles Centre 6th form conferences

Supporting American Studies in schools is an important part of the Eccles Centre’s programme. Each year the Centre hosts spring and autumn conferences for A-Level students and others interested in US politics. Speakers regularly include two former US Congressmen plus academics and commentators from the UK. The visiting Congressmen are part of the Congress to Campus programme of the Association of Former Members of Congress.

The next 6th form conference at the British Library is scheduled for Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 November 2015. For more information, please see the 2014 conference programme.

Congress to Campus Spring 2015

Recordings of the conference which took place on 2 March 2015 are now available. The conference featured Former Members of Congress, Hon. Claudine Schneider (R-RI) and Hon. Dennis Hertel (D-MI).

The topics were:
Session 1: Elections and Party Prospects in America Today, Professor Philip Davies, Eccles Centre, British Library (the handout which accompanied the talk can be found here).
Session 2: ‘God, Government and Good Hair’: Personality over Party Politics in US Elections, Dr Mark Shanahan, Reading University (the PowerPoint which accompanied the talk can be found here).
Session 3: ‘Interesting Stuff Happens in the 4th Quarter’: Assessing the Obama Presidency, Dr Andrew Moran, London Metropolitan University
Session 4: The US Congress: an Effective Legislature?, Dr Ross English, King's College London (the PowerPoint that accompanied the talk can be found here)

The conference was co-sponsored by the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy London.


If you wish to be kept informed about our teachers and students events, please email eccles-centre@bl.uk with the following details:

  • your name and position
  • school name
  • school address

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