July 15 – 21, 2012 Location: University of California, Irvine Seminars


Vicki Ruiz, Dean of Humanities and Professor of History, University of California, Irvine

Ana E. Rosas, Assistant Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and History, University of California, Irvine


In the words of the late Harvard historian Oscar Handlin: “Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history.” This seminar examines the diverse lives of immigrants and their children from the 1830s to the present, with a particular focus on Latinos and Asian Americans in California and the West. Through lectures, workshops, class discussions, and field trips to local museums and community venues, participants will examine the influences of immigration on American politics, society, and culture. Indeed, nineteenth-century debates about natives and newcomers continue to have contemporary resonance and consequences. This seminar will emphasize ways in which to incorporate recent scholarship, community histories, and family legacies into age-appropriate classroom activities.

Please find below important information regarding Immigration and American Life.


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

Donna R. Gabaccia and Vicki L. Ruiz, eds., American Dreaming, Global Realities: Rethinking U.S. Immigration History. Champaign: University of Illinios Press, 2005.

Course Reader

Travel & Accomodations

UC, Irvine is located in Irvine, California, and is accessible by all forms of transportation. The university website provides a detailed visitors page that may help you plan your trip.

Participants will be housed in an on-campus dormitory. Participants will have single bedrooms, but may share bathrooms and common space. Several computer clusters and lounges are available on campus, but many participants choose to bring laptops.

The college provides pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, and hair dryers.


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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