View the 2018 Teacher Seminar offerings here. The application will be available in early December.

June 18 – June 24

The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, June 18–24
David W. 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.

Thomas Jefferson and the Enlightenment, June 18–24
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.

June 25 – July 1

The American Civil War: Origins and Consequences, June 25–July 1
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.

The American Revolution, June 25–July 1
Andrew W. Robertson
Location: New York University

Participants will consider two different American revolutions: the struggle for American self-determination from 1763 to 1783 and the ongoing struggle for liberty and equality enunciated in the Declaration of Independence. This seminar is geared toward K–8 teachers.

The Civil War through Material Culture and Historical Landscapes, June 25–July 1
Peter S. Carmichael
Location: Gettysburg College

Artifacts, photographs, and historic sites offer K–8 teachers new methods and materials to engage students of all ages and learning styles in the experiences and consequences of the Civil War.

July 2 – July 8

The Age of Lincoln, July 2–8
Richard Carwardine
Location: St. Catherine's College, Oxford University

Abraham Lincoln’s life becomes a prism for exploring key aspects of his age, including slavery and the Old South, religion and politics, wartime leadership, and emancipation.

The Era of George Washington, July 2–8
Denver Brunsman
Location: George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Investigate the context and meaning of George Washington’s life and legacy, from his leadership as commander in chief of the Revolutionary Army to his role as the first president of the United States.

July 9 – July 15

9-11 and American Memory, July 9–15
Edward T. Linenthal
Location: New York University

In Partnership with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Examine the nature and meaning of historical memory, using the extraordinary collections of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the historic site, and memorial itself to explore the forging of reactions to and interpretations of 9/11.

America in the Age of Discovery: 1492–1625, July 9–15
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.

American Protest Literature: Thomas Paine to the Present, July 9–15
John Stauffer
Location: Boston University

Using a wide variety of primary source documents, participants will explore the rich tradition of protest literature in the United States from the American Revolution to the present.

The Civil Rights Movement, July 9–15
Charles McKinney
Location: Rhodes College

In Partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum and Rhodes College

The slogan “Black Power” represents the struggle to confront one of the central contradictions in American life—racial repression woven into the fabric of American freedom. This seminar uses Memphis, Tennessee, as a focal point to examine the historical origins of Black Power and its impact on the United States.

The Era of Theodore Roosevelt, July 9–15
Bruce J. Schulman
Location: Boston University

Investigate the immense changes in governmental power, city growth, mass immigration, and more during the era of Theodore Roosevelt, from the final years of the nineteenth century through the opening decades of the twentieth.

Gettysburg: History and Memory, July 9–15
Allen C. Guelzo
Location: Gettysburg College

Through the experiences of soldiers and civilians and an understanding of the battlefield itself, participants will come to know Gettysburg as a hinge event in the development of American democracy.

Immigrants in American History, July 9–15
Mae Ngai
Location: Columbia University

Participants will consider the similarities and differences in two great waves of mass immigration to the United States: 1890–1915 and 1970–present.

Lewis and Clark: An American Epic, July 9–15
Elliott West
Location: University of Montana

In Partnership with the Lewis and Clark Trust

What can the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804–1806 tell us about the young republic—its values and aspirations, the goals of its leaders, the perceptions of native peoples, and the emerging vision of an empire at a time of global change.

July 16 – July 22

Foreign and Domestic Politics since the 1970s, July 16–22
Joseph Crespino
Location: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and Emory University

In Partnership with the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Examine the often overlooked Carter presidency as a bridge between the decline of the liberal New Deal order and the emergence of the conservative movement that would reshape politics at the end of the twentieth century.

Everyday Life in Early America, July 16–22
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.

The Great Depression and World War II, July 16–July 22
David M. Kennedy
Location: Stanford University

Survey the causes and impact of the Depression, the nature of the New Deal, and the war’s formative impact on the shaping of American society.

Native American History, July 16–22
Colin G. Calloway
Location: Dartmouth College

Explore Native American history through a series of topics and case studies, including early encounters, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and persistence in the face of American expansion and assimilation policies.

Westward Expansion, July 16–22
Patricia Nelson Limerick
Location: University of Colorado, Boulder

Using the latest in research in “New Western History,” participants will explore case studies that explain the importance and distinctiveness of the American West in the past and present.

World War I and Its Aftermath, July 16–22
Jay Winter
Location: National World War I Museum and Memorial

In Partnership with the National World War I Museum and Memorial

Examine the origins, scope, and consequences of World War I, with a particular emphasis on the revolution in violence between 1914 and 1918, the obliteration of the distinction between military and civilian targets, the failed peace settlement, and the patterns of remembrance.

July 23 – July 29

Empire City: New York from 1877 to 2001, July 23–29
Kenneth T. Jackson and Karen Markoe
Location: Columbia University

Explore New York City history and discover how the metropolis grew over centuries to become the business, financial, publishing, fashion, and cultural capital of the country.

The Global Cold War, July 23–29
Daniel Sargent
Location: USS Midway Museum

In Partnership with the USS Midway Museum

Place the Soviet-American struggle in broad historical and international contexts, with particular focus on the last years, the resolution, and the legacies of the Cold War in social, geopolitical, and economic contexts.

The Colonial Era, July 23–29
John Fea
Location: Princeton University

Examine how the colonies developed from remote English outposts to well-connected provinces of the British Empire and consider how this period provides a laboratory for teaching historical-thinking skills in the K–8 classroom.

The 20th-Century Presidency, July 23–29 - For CIC Faculty Only.
Robert Dallek
Location: Stanford University’s Ann T. and Robert M. Bass Center, Washington, DC

For CIC Faculty Only.

July 30 – August 5

Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Era, July 30–August 5
Richard Brookhiser
Location: New York University

Examine the American Revolution and its aftermath, from the first stirrings in the late 1760s, through the establishment of the new Constitution and the first two-party system in the 1790s.

The Gilded Age and Its Modern Parallels, July 30–August 5
Richard White
Location: Stanford University

Explore how the immigration, industrialization, and class struggle of the Gilded Age—from the end of the Civil War to roughly the turn of the twentieth century—created the foundation for the modern United States.

The Kennedy Presidency, July 30–August 5
Barbara A. Perry
Location: Boston University

Explore the successes and failures of John F. Kennedy’s presidency more than fifty years after his assassination, including the Cold War, the Peace Corps, civil rights, and the arts, through media, leadership theory, and public policy.

The Role of the Supreme Court in American History, July 30–August 5
Larry D. Kramer
Location: Stanford University

Examine how key Supreme Court decisions—including Marbury v. Madison, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education—gradually secured the Court’s unique position in American politics.

The Story of World War II, July 30–August 5
Donald L. Miller
Location: National World War II Museum

In Partnership with the National World War II Museum

World War II is perhaps the greatest story—as well as the greatest catastrophe—in recorded history. Why was it fought? How was it fought? And how did it shape the world we live in?