Summer 2017

Our courses are running in three different sessions this summer. We will offer two six-week sessions and one 10 -week session. Look below to find out which session each course is in.

America in the Age of World Wars: World War I, led by Dr. Michael Neiberg, Chair in War Studies, Army War College

This course explores American involvement in World War I both in Europe and at home. The era of the First World War was a crucial period in the development of modern America both as a nation on the international scene and in terms of economic, social, and political institutions at home. Chair of War Studies and Professor of History in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the War College, Dr. Michael Neiberg explores the forces that brought America into the war, its involvement, and its emergence into the postwar world.

This course will run from May 22 to June 16.

Historiography and Historical Methods, led by Gilder Lehrman Scholars

In this course, leading scholars in important subfields of American history will introduce students to the practice of historiography and to a range of historical methods used for producing original works of historical research. Historiography is the study of how a topic has been portrayed by historians. Historical methods are the strategies and techniques historians use to answer questions about the past.

This course will run from May 22 to June 16.

Lincoln and Leadership, led by Dr. Michael Burlingame, University of Illinois, Springfield

Abraham Lincoln led America through one of its most difficult eras. His personal and political development as a leader and his ultimate success in preserving the union are pivotal features in the American story. By understanding how Lincoln led, we can begin to understand his impact on the office of the presidency and on the political culture of the nation.

In this course, filmed primarily in Springfield, Illinois, we will visit important sites in Lincoln’s emergence as a leader and will spend time with leading Lincoln scholars and archivists at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

This course will run from June 26 to August 4.

State Histories, led by Dr. Richard Loosbrock, Adams State University

We will survey the political, social, and economic history of the respective states of the participating graduate students, from prehistory to the present day. In addition to exploring the history of the state, we will also become familiar with the fundamentals of research and complete a seminar-length paper based on primary research.

This course will run from June 4 to August 13.