June 17 - June 23

Everyday Life in Colonial America, June 17–23, 2018

John Demos Location: Yale University

Participants will explore central themes and questions relating to everyday life during the colonial period of American history (roughly 1600–1775). The goal is to develop a detailed sense of life on the ground among ordinary folk in this time and place, and the history that remains evident in the natural and built landscape. Learn More »

The American Civil War: Origins and Consequences, June 17–June 23, 2018

Gary W. Gallagher Location: University of Virginia

Explore the key topics of the Civil War, including the central role of slavery, how military and civilian affairs intersected, and how Americans have remembered the conflict. Learn More »

America in the Age of Discovery: 1492–1625, June 17–23, 2018

Peter Mancall Location: University of Southern California In Partnership with the University of Southern California

Explore the initial creation of “America,” with a particular focus on the period from European contact through the establishment of permanent colonies in English North America. Learn More »

June 24 - June 30

The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, June 24–30, 2018

David Blight Location: Yale University

Assess the complex life and legacy of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) as activist, artist, and thinker through both his public and his private life and through his writings. Learn More »

Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation, June 24–30, 2018

Michael Burlingame Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum In partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

This seminar will allow participants to explore Lincoln’s life and writings in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois, where they will read and discuss his speeches and letters amid the physical context in which he grew from a twenty-two-year-old “strange, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy” (as he later described himself) to a historic statesman. Learn More »

Presidents at War, June 24–30, 2018

Jeffrey Engel Location: Southern Methodist University In Partnership with the Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University

“War is the health of the state,” Randolph Bourne suggested amidst World War I. It is certainly a sad but omnipresent aspect of modern American life, in the 20th and 21st centuries in particular, yet also a key lens through which we view and evaluate our commanders in chief. From William McKinley to Donald Trump, this course explores the way American presidents have waged war and led during wartime, and their policies at home and abroad, in order to understand better their role as leaders, and the nation’s role in the world. Learn More »

The South and New Orleans in American History, June 24–30, 2018

Pamela Tyler Location: Historic New Orleans Collection In Partnership with the Historic New Orleans Collection

The distinctiveness of the American South is universally acknowledged. Although in a process John Egerton calls “the southernization of America” many southern hallmarks, products, and pastimes have found a following far beyond Dixie (country music, anyone?), the passage of time does not seem to diminish the idea that the South is really a nation within a nation. The South holds the distinction of having been both the nation’s wealthiest region and later the nation’s poorest region. This seminar will be held in partnership with the Historic New Orleans Collection Learn More »

July 01 - July 7

The Making of America: From Colonial America through the Civil War, July 1–7, 2018

Denver Brunsman Location: George Washington University K-8 Teachers Only

This seminar, designed especially for K–8 teachers, will explore the people, ideas, and events that shaped America from the colonial era through the Civil War. Each day will focus on key primary sources and the latest historical interpretations of major historical events and periods, including the American Revolution, Constitution, Jacksonian America, and Civil War. Learn More »

Thomas Jefferson and the Enlightenment, July 1–7, 2018

Frank Cogliano Location: University of Edinburgh

Examine Jefferson’s life and times by considering his efforts to apply the principles of reason to the major challenges he confronted as a revolutionary, diplomat, politician, and elder statesman. Learn More »

July 08 - July 14

A Nation of Immigrants: Migration in the Making of the United States, July 8–14, 2018

Madeline Hsu Location: The University of Texas at Austin

This seminar trains teachers in key topics and themes in the evolution of the United States as a nation of immigrants. All discussions will be chronologically organized while emphasizing the following strands: the changing population of the United States from colonial times to the present through free and coerced migrations, expansion, and conquest; ideologies concerning eligibility for citizenship and for restricting immigration; the development of immigration law as an aspect of sovereign authority; the entwining of immigration policy with international relations; immigration controls as enacting systematic inequalities; and the expansion of immigration enforcement authority and bureaucracies. Learn More »