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Harold Holzer, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Matthew Pinsker, Associate Professor of History, Pohanka Chair in American Civil War History, Dickinson College


Historians Harold Holzer (the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Matthew Pinsker (Dickinson College) will explore selected issues from the Civil War era through the lens of American art. Topics will include nationalism, slavery and emancipation, military combat including the naval war, Abraham Lincoln and his image, and finally, the contested memory of the war’s legacy. Visual media will include nineteenth-century painting, photography, popular prints (including caricature), sculpture, and modern film. Participants will benefit from daily exposure to the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and from the expertise of the museum’s curators and educational staff.


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

Harold Holzer, Emancipating Lincoln: The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory (Harvard, 2012)

Louis Masur, The Civil War: A Concise History (Oxford, 2011)

Travel & Accommodations

Participants will be staying at New York University (NYU) in New York City. 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.

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, please click here.

Course Reviews from Summer 2013 Participants

“The seminar was fantastic, particularly Harold Holzer and Matthew Pinsker. Not only are Matthew and Harold two of the leading scholars on Lincoln and the Civil War, they are exciting and engaging speakers; I was thrilled to have an opportunity to learn from them. . . Additionally, holding the seminar in the Met, with access to their primary sources and exhibitions of the Civil War, was an amazing opportunity.”


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

July 27th, 2014 5:00 PM   through   August 2nd, 2014 5:00 PM
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY
United States
Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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