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Patrick K. Spero, Assistant Professor of History and Leadership Studies, Williams College


The American Revolution remains one of the most consequential events in world history. Yet agreement about its main causes, significance, and purpose remains as distant as ever. We will explore the American Revolution and its consequence by following the story of the individuals who made the American Revolution happen and who were profoundly affected by its results. Lectures and readings will trace the course of the American Revolution and pay particular attention to the role and experiences of leading statesmen, of average citizens, of women, of free and enslaved African Americans, of Native Americans, and of peoples living outside North America but nonetheless influenced by the Revolution.


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 the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. For more information visit the University of Pennsylvania website.

The Philadelphia International Airport is located approximately twenty minutes from the University of Pennsylvania. There are several options for transportation from the airport to the university.

Workshop participants will be housed at an on-campus dormitory. Participants will have single bedrooms, but share bathrooms and common space. Dormitories are air-conditioned. Wireless Internet service is provided; several computer clusters and lounges are available in the complex. Some participants choose to bring laptops. Participants will be provided with a temporary wireless access codes.

The university provides pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, hair dryers, and shower shoes.


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 7th, 2013 5:00 PM   through   July 13th, 2013 9:00 AM
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
United States

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Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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