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Edward T. Linenthal, Professor of History, Indiana University, Bloomington


This joint Gilder Lehrman / National September 11 Memorial & Museum seminar for teachers will investigate the historical causes and background, the immediate impact, and the developing legacies of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The seminar will examine the history of how Americans as well as other cultures have faced and coped with similar episodes of great violence (full-scale wars as well as specific traumatic events), such as the American Civil War, or the Great War in Europe, or the attack on Pearl Harbor. We will use the extraordinary collections of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, as well as the historic site and memorial itself, as subjects in our inquiry into the nature of commemoration. We will also read works on the nature and meaning of historical memory, especially of traumatic, violent events as nations have come in modern times to confront them. And finally, we will explore the role of the media and the arts (visual and written) in forging the reactions to and interpretations of 9/11.


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

Travel & Accommodations

There are several options for traveling to and from New York City. New York University (NYU) is located at Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan. For travel directions and a campus map, visit the New York University website. As parking is not available on campus; participants who drive will need to park in public parking lots.

Workshop participants will be housed in on-campus residence halls. Participants will have their own room, but share bathrooms and common space on each floor. Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.

The university provides basic bedding and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, shower shoes, hangers, irons, and hair dryers. There are a few communal kitchenettes located in the building but not within each suite. However, participants should bring their own utensils. Housekeeping services are provided throughout the week.


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.


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

July 6th, 2014 5:00 PM   through   July 12th, 2014 9:00 AM
New York University
New York, NY
United States

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Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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