The application for 2016 Teacher Seminars is now closed. 2017 Teacher Seminars will be posted in the fall.
June 19 – June 25
Explore the key topics of the Civil War, including the central role of slavery, how military and civilian affairs intersected, and how Americans have remembered the conflict.
Survey the causes and impact of the Depression, the nature of the New Deal, and the war’s formative impact on the shaping of American society.
Examine the historical development of American foreign policy from the Spanish-American War through the contemporary war on terror, with a focus on issues such as national security, imperialism, and nation-building.
June 26 – July 2
Artifacts, photographs, and historic sites offer teachers new methods and materials to engage students of all ages and learning styles in the experiences and consequences of the Civil War.
Explore how three great population streams—Indian, European, and African—converged, clashed, and (sometimes) joined in the Americas and ultimately pointed the way toward today’s multicultural society.
July 3 – July 9
Through the experiences of soldiers and civilians and an understanding of the battlefield itself, participants will come to know Gettysburg as a hinge event in the development of American democracy.
Participants will consider two different American revolutions: the struggle for American self-determination from 1763 to 1783 and the ongoing struggle for liberty and equality enunciated in the Declaration of Independence.
July 10 – July 16
Explore Native American history through a series of topics and case studies, including early encounters, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and persistence in the face of American expansion and assimilation policies.
Abraham Lincoln’s life becomes a prism for exploring key aspects of his age, including slavery and the Old South, religion and politics, wartime leadership, and emancipation.
Investigate the Jim Crow era through a combination of historical sources and texts and historically-oriented literature.
Examine the nature and meaning of historical memory, using the extraordinary collections of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the historic site, and memorial itself to explore the forging of reactions to and interpretations of 9/11.
Explore the initial creation of “America,” with a particular focus on the period from European contact through the establishment of permanent colonies in English North America.
Investigate the context and meaning of George Washington’s life and legacy, from his leadership as commander in chief of the Revolutionary Army to his role as the first president of the United States.
July 17 – July 23
Examine Jefferson’s life and times by considering his efforts to apply the principles of reason to the major challenges he confronted as a revolutionary, diplomat, politician, and elder statesman.
The lives and policies of presidents from George H. W. Bush through Barack Obama will be used to examine the foreign policy, immigration policy, health care, and culture wars of the post–Cold War era.
Using the latest in research in “New Western History,” participants will explore case studies that explain the importance and distinctiveness of the American West in the past and present.
Investigate the immense changes in governmental power, city growth, mass immigration, and more during the era of Theodore Roosevelt, from the final years of the nineteenth century through the opening decades of the twentieth.
Using a wide variety of primary source documents, participants will explore the rich tradition of protest literature in the United States from the American Revolution to the present.
What can the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804–1806 tell us about the young republic—its values and aspirations, the goals of its leaders, the preceptions of native peoples, and the emerging vision of an empire at a time of global change.
July 24 – July 30
Examine how the colonies developed from remote English outposts to well-connected provinces of the British Empire and consider how this period provides a laboratory for teaching historical-thinking skills in the K–8 classroom.
Reconstruction remains a pivotal but much misunderstood era of American history, 125 years after it came to a close. This seminar will examine the history of Reconstruction, understood both as a specific period of the American past, which began during the Civil War, and as a prolonged and difficult process by which Americans sought to reunite the nation and come to terms with the destruction of slavery.
Explore New York City history and discover how the metropolis grew over centuries to become the business, financial, publishing, fashion, and cultural capital of the country.
Examine how key Supreme Court decisions—including Marbury v. Madison, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education—gradually secured the Court’s unique position in American politics.
World War II is perhaps the greatest story—as well as the greatest catastrophe—in recorded history. Why was it fought? How was it fought? And how did it shape the world we live in?
Participants will consider the similarities and differences in two great waves of mass immigration to the United States: 1890–1915 and 1970–present.
Explore how the immigration, industrialization, and class struggle of the Gilded Age—from the end of the Civil War to roughly the turn of the twentieth century—created the foundation for the modern United States.
July 31 – August 6
Examine the American Revolution and its aftermath, from the first stirrings in the late 1760s, through the establishment of the new Constitution and the first two party system in the 1790s.