June 21 – June 27

Joyce Appleby
Location: University of California, Los Angeles

Investigate the economic, social, and political changes that affected the development of capitalism in the US from the first colonizers through 2014.

David Blight
Location: Yale University

Only open to college faculty. Visit www.cic.edu/AmericanHistory to apply.

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.

Kenneth Jackson & Karen Markoe
Location: Columbia University

Separate application required. Visit www.gilderlehrman.org/empirecity to apply.

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.

Jeremi Suri
Location: The University of Texas at Austin

Examine the historical development of American foreign policy from the Spanish-American War through the contemporary war on terror, with a focus on issues such as national security, imperialism, and nation-building.

June 28 – July 4

John Demos
Location: Yale University

Explore how three great population streams—Indian, European, and African—converged, clashed, and (sometimes) joined in the Americas and ultimately pointed the way toward today’s multicultural society.

Robert P. George
Location: Princeton University

We will explore how the American founders hoped to preserve liberty and prevent tyranny in the new republic, addressing the delegated powers theory of the national government, the idea of the states and the national government as “dual sovereigns,” the separation of powers, and the protection of civil liberties in a bill of rights.

Peter Mancall & Robert C. Ritchie
Location: 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.

Andrew W. Robertson
Location: Columbia 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.

Patrick K. Spero
Location: University of Pennsylvania

Timed to coincide with Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia, this seminar will mix lectures with visits to historic sites such as Valley Forge and Independence Hall and archives that hold the correspondence of the Founders.

July 5 – July 11

Carol Berkin
Location: New York University

Examine three key topics in women’s history: the changing definitions of a woman’s role within American society; the impact of race, region, and class in shaping the realities of women’s lives; and historical movements for women’s political and economic rights.

Richard Carwardine
Location: 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.

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.

Allen C. Guelzo
Location: Gettysburg College

In Memory of Brian C. Pohanka

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.

Mitchell B. Lerner & David Steigerwald
Location: The Ohio State University

Through a broad but intense focus on the origins and consequences of the Cold War, participants will evaluate the journalist Martin Walker’s statement that “the history of the Cold War has been the history of the world since 1945.”

Bruce 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.

Gordon S. Wood
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 12 – July 18

Shawn Leigh Alexander
Location: University of Kansas

Explore the road to Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and the fight for social and political equality in the years before the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Peter S. Carmichael
Location: Gettysburg College

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

Edward T. Linenthal
Location: New York University

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.

Sidney M. Milkis & Marc J. Selverstone
Location: University of Virginia

Examine the leading ingredients of the modern presidency: the expansion of executive power, the personalization of the presidency, the transformation of party politics, and theories about a unitary executive.

Michael Neiberg
Location: George Washington University

Explore all aspects of US involvement in the “war to end all wars,” including acts of domestic terrorism, spy scandals, and Woodrow Wilson’s role in negotiating the Treaty of Versailles.

Matthew Pinsker
Location: Columbia University

Participants will focus on online source documents, complemented by visits to historic sites and archives, to discover how digital tools are used in the study of African American history and the teaching of the coming of the Civil War.

Elliott West
Location: University of Montana

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 preceptions of native peoples, and the emerging vision of an empire at a time of global change.

July 19 – July 25

Jane Dailey
Location: The University of Chicago

Investigate the Jim Crow era through a combination of historical sources and texts and historically-oriented literature.

Jeffrey Engel
Location: Southern Methodist University

The lives and policies of presidents from George H. W. Bush through Barack Obama will be used to examine the foreign policy, immigration policy, health care, and culture wars of the post–Cold War era.

Kenneth Jackson & Karen Markoe
Location: Columbia University

Separate application required. Visit www.gilderlehrman.org/empirecity to apply.

Patricia Nelson Limerick
Location: University of Colorado, Boulder

Delve into the key topics in American environmental history, ranging from early settlers’ assessment of North American landscapes and resources to evolving attitudes toward global warming.

David Sicilia
Location: University of Maryland - College Park

Explore the origins of the United States’ emergence as the world’s economic powerhouse and the key issues of the past 150 years in economic and business history.

John Stauffer
Location: Harvard 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.

July 26 – August 1

Vincent Cannato
Location: Boston University

This course will introduce participants to the major issues confronting cities after World War II, including poverty, crime, racism, and under-performing schools.

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.

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.

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.

Donald L. Miller
Location: 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?

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.

August 2 – August 8

Joseph J. Ellis
Location: Amherst College

The lives and letters of John and Abigail Adams will be used to consider their role in shaping the American Revolution and its role in shaping them.

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.

Jason Opal
Location: McGill University

Through an examination of Andrew Jackson and the movement he led, participants will interrogate certain myths and discover the complexity of an era that was democratic and dictatorial, violent and lawful, creative and close-minded.

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