July 8 – 14, 2012 Location: National September 11 Memorial & Museum Seminars


David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition, Yale University


This joint Gilder Lehrman / National September 11 Memorial & Museum seminar for teachers will investigate the historical causes and background, the immediate impact, and the developing legacies of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The seminar will examine the history of how Americans as well as other cultures have faced and coped with similar episodes of great violence (full-scale wars as well as specific traumatic events), such as the American Civil War, or the Great War in Europe, or the attack on Pearl Harbor. We will use the extraordinary collections of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, as well as the historic site and memorial itself, as subjects in our inquiry into the nature of commemoration. We will also read works on the nature and meaning of historical memory, especially of traumatic, violent events as nations have come in modern times to confront them. And finally, we will explore the role of the media and the arts (visual and written) in forging the reactions to and interpretations of 9/11.

This seminar is co-sponsored by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Please find below important information regarding 9/11 and American Memory.


Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Please check back soon for a list of readings.

Travel & Accomodations

The 9/11 Memorial is located at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. There are several options for traveling to and from lower New York City. A taxicab ride from JFK or LaGuardia is between $30 and $45 (including a 15% tip). For visitors arriving at any area airport (including Newark International Airport), shuttle bus service is available to the Port Authority Bus Terminal or to Grand Central Station. 

Workshop participants will be housed in university residence halls in New York City. Participants will have their own rooms, but share bathrooms and common space on each floor. Participants will have access to computer clusters, but many choose to bring laptops.

Only basic bedding and towels will be provided. 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

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 College to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers.

Teachers are required to submit a reaction paper and a copy of one primary source activity completed during or immediately after the seminar.

Teachers will also be given an opportunity to take additional online and distance coursework that counts toward an MA in History from Adams State College.

Enroll and learn more about the course.
For more details, please contact: Edward R. Crowther, PhD.

To ensure that your credit appears on your transcript as summer-term class work, you must enroll by August 3, 2012.


E-mail the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.


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