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Donna Gabaccia, Professor of History and Former Director of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


This weeklong seminar will focus on immigration as one of the main themes of US history. It will introduce participants to tried and true ways of teaching about the United States as a “nation of immigrants” while also challenging them to consider new paradigms for the past. One new perspective emerges from a focus on mobility and movement—experiences that have been common to most Americans rather than limited to immigrants. Another new perspective results from situating American immigration within global histories of migration. A third (to be explored in this course through a focus on Minnesota and the American Midwest) acknowledges the very different local and regional histories of immigration within the United States. Using the exceptionally rich resources of the University of Minnesota and its Immigration History Research Center, and treating the city of Minneapolis—with its large immigrant and refugee populations—as a local resource, the course will encourage participants to use their own localities and their own students to document and interpret immigration, using new and old media and digital tools.


Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Please check back soon for a list of readings.

History in a Box: Freedom to Move: Immigration and Migration in U.S. History

Course Reader

Travel & Accommodations

There are several options for traveling to the University of Minnesota. The nearest airport is Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport located approximately 15 miles from campus. For more directions, please click here.

Workshop participants will be housed at an on-campus dormitory. Participants will have single bedrooms, but may share bathrooms and common space. Dormitories are air-conditioned with wireless Internet service provided. Several computer clusters and lounges are available in the complex. Some participants choose to bring laptops. Participants are provided with linens and towels.


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.

July 21st, 2013 5:00 PM   through   July 27th, 2013 9:00 AM
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
United States

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Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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