This seminar will examine the historical development of American foreign policy from the nation’s emergence as a world power in the late nineteenth century through the contemporary war on terror. Lectures, readings, discussions, and other activities will cover all of the major moments in American foreign policy since 1898: the Spanish-American War, the First World War, the Second World War, the origins of the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the end of the Cold War, and recent conflicts in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. The workshop will focus on a number of major conceptual issues including: national security, imperialism, decolonization, nation-building, democratization, and fiscal (in)solvency.
Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Please check back soon for a list of readings.
Travel & Accommodations
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is located in southeast Austin on Texas Highway 71, eight miles from downtown. There are several options for shuttle and taxi service from the airport to campus.
Workshop participants will be housed in an on-campus dormitory. Participants will have single bedrooms and bathrooms but may share common space. The university provides basic bedding and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, shampoo, hangers, irons, hair dryers, etc. Participants should plan to bring laptops as computer access on campus will be limited.
Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.
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.
Course Reviews from Summer 2013 Participants
Click below to watch video testimonials. Produced by the University of Texas at Austin.
- Shadia Ghoneim, Champs Charter High School of the Arts in Los Angeles, CA
- Michelle Ruffle, American Interantional School in Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Jane Toomey, Warren Easton High School in New Orleans, LA
“I only wish I could do a Gilder Lehrman seminar every summer. The lead teacher and lead scholar, the guest lecturers, the activities planned and the other participants, this was one of the most enriching educational experiences of my professional life. It felt like I was in a great college course all over again, but with the understanding and focus of how I could use the content in my own classroom.”
“As a history teacher, this was the best professional development I have ever taken. The master teacher and Jeremi Suri and the others involved were fantastic.”
Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.
2943 SMU Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205