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Fred Anderson, Professor of History, University of Colorado at Boulder

Andrew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History, Miami University of Ohio


Many teachers struggle with how to organize the century before the creation of the United States. The colonial period often seems fragmented and bereft of a unifying narrative.  The central concern of this seminar will be the dominion of war in the lives of both European settlers and native peoples. In a larger sense, the seminar explores how professional historians organize their research and construct narratives that advance an argument as well as convey information. Past experience suggests that teachers respond enthusiastically when we take down the fourth wall and invite them to participate in discussions about the craft of writing history. Pragmatically, this perspective encourages them to think about how they put together overarching narratives of the American past, giving them a greater sense of control over the content they present by making them more conscious of the range of options available to them.


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

Anderson, Fred, and Andrew Cayton. The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America. New York: Viking; London: Atlantic Books, 2005.

Richter, Daniel K. Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Travel & Accommodations

The closest airport to the University is Denver (DIA). Driving time between DIA and Boulder is approximately sixty to ninety minutes. The DIA website provides web links and phone numbers for commuter shuttles, taxis, and rental cars.

The University of Colorado website has driving directions and maps of the campus.

Workshop participants will be housed in on-campus residence halls. Residence halls are not air-conditioned and there are no phones in guest rooms. Participants will have single bedrooms but will share bathrooms and common space on each floor. An identikey will be provided to access the wireless Internet service in the residence hall and meeting rooms.

The university provides sheets, bedspreads, towels, and pillows. Please note that participants should plan to bring a cell phone, fan, shower shoes, alarm clock, shampoo, hangers, irons, hair dryers, etc. Participants will have access to computer clusters, but many choose to bring laptops and ethernet cords.


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 on graduate credit, please click here.


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

July 7th, 2013 5:00 PM   through   July 13th, 2013 9:00 AM
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO
United States

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Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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