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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 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.

Travel Reimbursement

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.

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.

Course Reviews from Summer 2013 Participants

“This was an extraordinary experience. Professor Kennedy’s lectures helped me to understand these topics on a much deeper and more complex level. We were given exceptionally good lesson plans that will be useful to us (coordinated with the Common Core standards).”

“Very impressed with all of the lectures, activities and supplements . . . above and beyond! I will bring a lot more to my students because of this seminar!”

“It was a pleasure to hear directly from such a master historian as Dr. Kennedy and be able to ask questions about the content. The materials will add a lot of depth to my teaching of this era. The other highlight of the program is the interaction with other teachers from across the country and globe.”


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

June 22nd, 2014 12:00 AM   through   June 28th, 2014 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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