American Women from the Colonial to the Modern Era, July 6–12
New York University
Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of History, Emerita, Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
This seminar will focus on three key topics in women’s history: the changing definitions of woman’s nature, place, and role within American society; the impact of race, region, and class in shaping the realities of women’s lives; and the movements for women’s political and economic rights in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Readings may include:
Berkin, Carol. Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for American Independence. New York: Vintage Books, 2005.
Evans, Sara. Born for Liberty. New York: Free Press, 1997.
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. 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.
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 please click here.
Course Reviews from Summer 2013 Participants
“I loved everything about this summer seminar! Carol Berkin is a superb teacher; the guest lecturers she brought in were fabulous; so were my fellow teachers—I learned so much from them!”
“The seminar was a great experience for me. It was my first Gilder Lehrman seminar and I found it extremely worthwhile and am so grateful that I had the opportunity to attend. As a man taking a women’s history seminar, I was exposed to things that I’ve managed to miss in my twenty-two years of education.”
“This was by far the highest quality professional development opportunity I have ever had. Carol Berkin, our lead scholar, is an expert in her field. She was engaging and accessible. The guest lecturers that she brought in were amazing, charismatic, and interesting. Our master teacher—was also outstanding. Our trip to the N-Y Historical society was fabulous. The presenters were great. . . . I can’t wait until I have another opportunity like this.”
Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.