Madison and the Founding Era, July 28–August 3
Andrew W. Robertson, Associate Professor of History, Lehman College, The City University of New York and the Graduate Center
Madison and the Founding Era will examine the American Revolution from an Atlantic perspective, looking at ideas and events that shaped the views of the American colonists and the British. We will consider the American Revolution as two revolutions, each with its own critical importance in American and global history. The first revolution, 1775 to 1783, was the War for Independence. The second, 1776 to the present, is the struggle to live up to the principles of the Declaration of Independence. We will look at the critical issues facing the new American republic at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 and the compromises that generated broad support for ratification of the Constitution.
Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Readings may include:
Berkin, Carol. A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution. Orlando, FL: Harcourt Books, 2002.
Wood, Gordon S. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. New York: Vintage Books, 1993.
Travel & Accommodations
James Madison’s Montpelier is located four miles south of Orange, Virginia, forty-five minutes north of Charlottesville, and two hours south of Washington, DC. For more information, visit the Montpelier website.
Workshop participants will be housed at Constitutional Village. The Constitutional Village at Montpelier is spread out over four restored farmhouses constructed in the early twentieth century. The houses are within walking distance of Lewis Hall, where all lectures, discussions, and meals will take place during the program.
The houses in the Constitutional Village provide an ideal space for conversing after program activities and relaxing late into the evening. All houses offer a lounge area and patios or porches where seminar participants can congregate. Each house has kitchen or kitchenette facilities, including refrigerators, microwaves, sinks, coffee pots, and toaster ovens. Most of the houses have complete kitchens, including a full-size stove. Some light snacks and beverages are provided. Each house has at least two telephones. Sheets and towels are provided. In keeping with the spirit of the Constitutional Village as a center for learning and thoughtful inquiry, televisions are not provided, in order to encourage seminar participants to use their free time for study, reflection, and conversation with their housemates.
Meals will be served at James Madison’s Montpelier. All meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Each summer seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar.
Participants traveling internationally or from Alaska and Hawaii receive a $500 stipend in lieu of reimbursement upon completion of the seminar. Applicants to seminars should note that supplements will not be given in cases where the $400 allowance is insufficient to cover all travel expenses. Our reimbursement policy has changed from previous years. For more information on our policy click here.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.
Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.
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