For a half century, the Cold War was the dominant reality of life in the United States and the world at large. From its obvious consequences in Korea, Cuba, and Vietnam, to its more subtle impact on American culture and daily life, the Cold War permeated almost every facet of the American experience, both at home and abroad. This seminar will examine the early years of the Cold War and its impact, tracing its origins and consequences from World War II to the end of the Vietnam War. The focus will range widely––from the Cuban Missile Crisis and Hiroshima to the Red Scare and the emergence of the New Left––while participants will analyze government documents from the US and the USSR, travel to Kent State University, and watch Dr. Strangelove. Through this broad but intense focus, participants should be better equipped to evaluate the accuracy of the famous claim by journalist Martin Walker that “the history of the Cold War has been the history of the world since 1945.”
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 Columbus. For guidelines to plan your trip, please click here.
Workshop participants will be housed in an on-campus dormitory. Participants will be placed in private rooms, but may share bathroom facilities. The university provides bedding and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, shampoo, hangers, irons, hair dryers, etc. Housekeeping services are provided throughout the week.
Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.
Meals will be served in a cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
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.
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.
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