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6-Day, July 5-10: The Presidency of Ronald Reagan and Its Legacy

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 for updates.

In partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute


Barbara A. Perry, Gerald L. Baliles Professor and Director of Presidential Studies, Miller Center, University of Virginia 


Three decades after Ronald Reagan’s administration passed into history, scholars, educators, biographers, journalists, politicians, students, and citizens of the nation and the world continue to view his eight years in office as both the culmination of an ideological movement and an inflection point in the institution of the American presidency.

Through the lenses of imagery, symbolism, media, leadership theory, and public policy (both domestic and foreign), this seminar will explore the strengths, weaknesses, successes, and failures of the 40th president of the United States. By examining Reagan’s biography, career, rhetoric, and policies, including surviving an assassination attempt, fighting the Cold War, reimagining the role of government, addressing economic recession, battling terrorism, convening foreign summits, reshaping the Supreme Court, raising national morale, and confronting political scandal, participants will gain both knowledge of and perspective on the Reagan era at home and abroad. Topics will be explored through lectures and use of oral histories and the vast archives available at the Reagan Presidential Library.

Travel & Accommodations

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements; the Institute will provide a travel stipend of $350. Read the policy here.

Workshop participants will stay in an on-campus dormitory in single bedrooms, but may share bathrooms and common space. The university provides basic bedding and towels only. Participants should bring alarm clocks, shampoo, hangers, irons, hair dryers, etc. Participants should bring laptops as computer access on campus will be limited.


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


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


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

Seminar Year: 2019-2020