Programs & Events

Seminar Summit, July 19-22: Immigrants and Refugees in US History

Due to the growing health crisis and restrictions on in-person gatherings, the Gilder Lehrman Institute will not be able to offer in-person Teacher Seminars this summer. We are working on an alternative offering for the summer. Please visit gilderlehrman.org/TeacherSeminars for updates.


Director

Mae M. Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University

Overview

The twentieth century is framed by two great waves of mass immigration to the United States: 1890–1915 and 1970–present. Since World War II, the US has also admitted refugees, defined as persons who experienced or fear persecution in their home countries on grounds of ideology, race, religion, etc., and are hence considered “political” rather than “economic” migrants. The seminar will explore and compare migrations from the early twentieth century, when there were virtually no restrictions or legal distinctions, and the late twentieth century, when mass immigration is governed by restrictive immigration and refugee policies, producing different kinds of migrant experiences, reception, and integration. The seminar will cover law, social history, and the politics and cultures of difference and belonging.

Travel & Accommodations

This seminar is part of the 2020 Teacher Seminar Summit. During this inaugural Summit, the Institute will offer twelve concurrent seminars ranging from the Age of Discovery through the Vietnam War. The Summit is expected to serve more than 400 teachers. Each attendee will participate in a seminar with a lead scholar and master teacher, and will have the opportunity to attend book talks where they can hear other eminent historians discuss their major works. This unique format will also give all participating teachers a chance to network with each other.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements; the Institute will provide a stipend of $350 for travel expenses. Read the policy hereGettysburg College is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The closest and most convenient airports are Harrisburg International Airport (a 45-minute drive) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (a 75-minute drive). The college provides shuttle service to campus from many of the major transportation hubs in the area. Call Transportation Services, 717-337-6923, to make arrangements.

The Harrisburg Amtrak Station is about 45 minutes from campus. Again, the college provides shuttle service so long as you call ahead.

If you plan to drive, the Gettysburg College website will provide you with detailed instructions.

Workshop participants will stay in on-campus housing in private bedrooms with a shared common bathroom and common space. The rooms are air-conditioned. The college will provide sheets, a blanket, a pillow, and one towel. You are welcome to bring your own fitted sheets. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, hair dryers, and shower shoes.

Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.

Meals

Meals will be served in a college cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Policies

Please be sure to review the Institute’s policies on independent school teacher participation and travel stipends before applying.

Questions?

Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

Seminar Year: 2019-2020