The application for 2016 Teacher Seminars is now closed. 2017 Teacher Seminars will be posted in the fall.

June 19 – June 25

The American Civil War: Origins and Consequences, June 19–25
Gary W. Gallagher
Location: University of Virginia

Explore the key topics of the Civil War, including the central role of slavery, how military and civilian affairs intersected, and how Americans have remembered the conflict.

The Great Depression and World War II, June 19–25
David M. Kennedy
Location: Stanford University

Survey the causes and impact of the Depression, the nature of the New Deal, and the war’s formative impact on the shaping of American society.

United States Foreign Policy since 1898, June 19–25
Jeremi Suri
Location: The University of Texas at Austin

Examine the historical development of American foreign policy from the Spanish-American War through the contemporary war on terror, with a focus on issues such as national security, imperialism, and nation-building.

David W. Blight
Location: Yale University

June 26 – July 2

The Civil War through Material Culture and Historical Landscapes (K–8 Teachers Only), June 26–July 2
Peter S. Carmichael
Location: Gettysburg College

Artifacts, photographs, and historic sites offer teachers new methods and materials to engage students of all ages and learning styles in the experiences and consequences of the Civil War.

Colonial Encounters: Indians, Europeans, and Africans, June 26–July 2
John Demos
Location: Yale University

Explore how three great population streams—Indian, European, and African—converged, clashed, and (sometimes) joined in the Americas and ultimately pointed the way toward today’s multicultural society.

July 3 – July 9

Gettysburg: History and Memory, July 3–9
Allen C. Guelzo
Location: Gettysburg College

Through the experiences of soldiers and civilians and an understanding of the battlefield itself, participants will come to know Gettysburg as a hinge event in the development of American democracy.

The American Revolution (K–8 Teachers Only), July 3–9
Andrew W. Robertson
Location: Columbia University

Participants will consider two different American revolutions: the struggle for American self-determination from 1763 to 1783 and the ongoing struggle for liberty and equality enunciated in the Declaration of Independence.

July 10 – July 16

Native American History, July 10-16
Colin G. Calloway
Location: Dartmouth College

Explore Native American history through a series of topics and case studies, including early encounters, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and persistence in the face of American expansion and assimilation policies.

The Age of Lincoln, July 10–16
Richard Carwardine
Location: St. Catherine's College, Oxford University

Abraham Lincoln’s life becomes a prism for exploring key aspects of his age, including slavery and the Old South, religion and politics, wartime leadership, and emancipation.

The Age of Jim Crow in History and Literature, 1865–1975, July 10–16
Jane Dailey
Location: The University of Chicago

Investigate the Jim Crow era through a combination of historical sources and texts and historically-oriented literature.

9-11 and American Memory, July 10–16
Edward T. Linenthal
Location: New York University

Examine the nature and meaning of historical memory, using the extraordinary collections of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the historic site, and memorial itself to explore the forging of reactions to and interpretations of 9/11.

American Origins: 1492 to 1625, July 10–16
Peter Mancall & Robert C. Ritchie
Location: University of Southern California

Explore the initial creation of “America,” with a particular focus on the period from European contact through the establishment of permanent colonies in English North America.

The Civil Rights Movement, July 10–16NEW!
Charles McKinney
Location: Rhodes College
The Era of George Washington, July 10–16
Gordon S. Wood
Location: George Washington's Mount Vernon

Investigate the context and meaning of George Washington’s life and legacy, from his leadership as commander in chief of the Revolutionary Army to his role as the first president of the United States.

July 17 – July 23

Thomas Jefferson and the Enlightenment, July 17-23
Frank Cogliano
Location: University of Edinburgh

Examine Jefferson’s life and times by considering his efforts to apply the principles of reason to the major challenges he confronted as a revolutionary, diplomat, politician, and elder statesman.

America after the Cold War, July 17–23
Jeffrey Engel
Location: Southern Methodist University

The lives and policies of presidents from George H. W. Bush through Barack Obama will be used to examine the foreign policy, immigration policy, health care, and culture wars of the post–Cold War era.

Westward Expansion, July 17–23NEW!
Patricia Nelson Limerick
Location: University of Colorado, Boulder

Using the latest in research in “New Western History,” participants will explore case studies that explain the importance and distinctiveness of the American West in the past and present.

The Era of Theodore Roosevelt, July 17–23
Bruce Schulman
Location: Boston University

Investigate the immense changes in governmental power, city growth, mass immigration, and more during the era of Theodore Roosevelt, from the final years of the nineteenth century through the opening decades of the twentieth.

American Protest Literature: Thomas Paine to the Present, July 17–23
John Stauffer
Location: Harvard University

Using a wide variety of primary source documents, participants will explore the rich tradition of protest literature in the United States from the American Revolution to the present.

Lewis and Clark: An American Epic, July 17–23
Elliott West
Location: University of Montana

What can the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804–1806 tell us about the young republic—its values and aspirations, the goals of its leaders, the preceptions of native peoples, and the emerging vision of an empire at a time of global change.

July 24 – July 30

The Thirteen Colonies (K–8 Teachers Only), July 24–30
John Fea
Location: Princeton University

Examine how the colonies developed from remote English outposts to well-connected provinces of the British Empire and consider how this period provides a laboratory for teaching historical-thinking skills in the K–8 classroom.

Reconstruction, July 24–30
Eric Foner & Martha S. Jones
Location: Columbia University

Reconstruction remains a pivotal but much misunderstood era of American history, 125 years after it came to a close. This seminar will examine the history of Reconstruction, understood both as a specific period of the American past, which began during the Civil War, and as a prolonged and difficult process by which Americans sought to reunite the nation and come to terms with the destruction of slavery.

Empire City: New York from 1877 to 2001, July 24–30
Kenneth T. Jackson & Karen Markoe
Location: Columbia University

Explore New York City history and discover how the metropolis grew over centuries to become the business, financial, publishing, fashion, and cultural capital of the country.

The Role of the Supreme Court in American History, July 24–30
Larry D. Kramer
Location: Stanford University

Examine how key Supreme Court decisions—including Marbury v. Madison, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education—gradually secured the Court’s unique position in American politics.

The Story of World War II, July 24–30
Donald L. Miller
Location: National World War II Museum

World War II is perhaps the greatest story—as well as the greatest catastrophe—in recorded history. Why was it fought? How was it fought? And how did it shape the world we live in?

Immigrants in American History and Life, July 24-30
Mae Ngai
Location: Columbia University

Participants will consider the similarities and differences in two great waves of mass immigration to the United States: 1890–1915 and 1970–present.

The Global Cold War, July 24-30NEW!
Daniel Sargent
Location: USS Midway Museum
The Gilded Age and Its Modern Parallels, July 24-30
Richard White
Location: Stanford University

Explore how the immigration, industrialization, and class struggle of the Gilded Age—from the end of the Civil War to roughly the turn of the twentieth century—created the foundation for the modern United States.

July 31 – August 6

The Founding Era, July 31-August 6NEW!
Richard Brookhiser
Location: New York University

Examine the American Revolution and its aftermath, from the first stirrings in the late 1760s, through the establishment of the new Constitution and the first two party system in the 1790s.

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