June 18 – June 24
Assess the complex life and legacy of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) as activist, artist, and thinker through both his public and his private life and through his writings.
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.
June 25 – July 1
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.
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. This seminar is geared toward K–8 teachers.
Artifacts, photographs, and historic sites offer K–8 teachers new methods and materials to engage students of all ages and learning styles in the experiences and consequences of the Civil War.
July 2 – July 8
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.
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 9 – July 15
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.
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.
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.
The slogan “Black Power” represents the struggle to confront one of the central contradictions in American life—racial repression woven into the fabric of American freedom. This seminar uses Memphis, Tennessee, as a focal point to examine the historical origins of Black Power and its impact on the United States.
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.
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.
Participants will consider the similarities and differences in two great waves of mass immigration to the United States: 1890–1915 and 1970–present.
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 perceptions of native peoples, and the emerging vision of an empire at a time of global change.
July 16 – July 22
Examine the often overlooked Carter presidency as a bridge between the decline of the liberal New Deal order and the emergence of the conservative movement that would reshape politics at the end of the twentieth century.
Participants will explore central themes and questions relating to everyday life during the colonial period of American history (roughly 1600–1775). The goal is to develop a detailed sense of life on the ground among ordinary folk in this time and place, and the history that remains evident in the natural and built landscape.
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.
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.
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.
Examine the origins, scope, and consequences of World War I, with a particular emphasis on the revolution in violence between 1914 and 1918, the obliteration of the distinction between military and civilian targets, the failed peace settlement, and the patterns of remembrance.
July 23 – July 29
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.
Place the Soviet-American struggle in broad historical and international contexts, with particular focus on the last years, the resolution, and the legacies of the Cold War in social, geopolitical, and economic contexts.
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.
For CIC Faculty Only.
July 30 – August 5
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.
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.
Explore the successes and failures of John F. Kennedy’s presidency more than fifty years after his assassination, including the Cold War, the Peace Corps, civil rights, and the arts, through media, leadership theory, and public policy.
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.
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?