July 29 – August 4, 2012 Location: University of Texas at Austin Seminars


Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy, The University of Texas at Austin


This seminar will examine the historical development of American foreign policy from the nation’s emergence as a world power in the late nineteenth century through the contemporary war on terror. Lectures, readings, discussions, and other activities will cover all of the major moments in American foreign policy since 1898: the Spanish-American War, the First World War, the Second World War, the origins of the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the end of the Cold War, and recent conflicts in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. The workshop will focus on a number of major conceptual issues, including: national security, imperialism, decolonization, nation-building, democratization, and fiscal (in)solvency.

Please find below important information regarding History of American Foreign Policy since 1898.


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

Travel & Accomodations

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is located in southeast Austin on Texas Hwy. 71, eight miles from downtown. There are several options for shuttle and taxi service from the airport to campus.

Workshop participants will be housed in the San Jacinto Hall. Participants will have single bedrooms and bathrooms but may share common space. The university provides basic bedding and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, shampoo, hangers, irons, hair dryers, etc. Participants will have access to computer clusters, but many choose to bring laptops. If you bring a laptop, please bring an ethernet cable.


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, Ph.D.

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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