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David M. Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University


Professor David Kennedy examines the experience of the American people in the Great Depression and World War II. Lecture topics include the origins and impact of the Great Depression; the nature and legacy of the New Deal; the military and diplomatic dimensions of American participation in World War II; and the war’s impact on American society. Special attention will be given to the historical debate about the Depression’s causes; America and the Holocaust; the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans; and the use of atomic bombs against Japan.


Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Readings may include:

Kennedy, David M. Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Travel & Accommodations

The Stanford campus is located in California between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley. Its 8,180 acres reach from the rural foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the bustling Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.

Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Jose and San Francisco airports. There are many shuttle companies providing transportation from both, and taxis serve the Stanford campus as well. You can also reach the University Avenue Station in Palo Alto via the Cal Train. To do this take the #65 bus from San Jose Airport to Santa Clara Station, or the SFO Cal Train Shuttle from San Francisco Airport to Millbrae.

Stanford University provides detailed driving instructions, as well as further advice on public transportation and the university’s own shuttle system, Marguerite.

Workshop participants will be housed in on-campus dormitories. Participants will be provided with bedding and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, shampoo, hair dryers, kitchen utensils, etc. Every room is equipped with an Internet connection, but cables are not provided. Participants will have access to computer clusters, but many choose to bring laptops.


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.

Travel Reimbursement

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.

Graduate Credit

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.

June 23rd, 2013 5:00 PM   through   June 29th, 2013 9:00 AM
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
United States

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Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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