Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Attention K-8 Teachers: Join Me at Princeton University for a Gilder-Lehrman Institute Summer Seminar

Princeton's Historic Nassau Hall
I am really excited to be doing a Gilder-Lehrman Summer Seminar this summer on the topic of "The Thirteen Colonies."  The seminar will run from July 27 to August 2, 2013 and will be open to K-8 teachers only.  Each summer the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History offers forty intensive seminars for school teachers taught by the likes of Collin Calloway, Richard White, Thomas Sugrue, Matt Pinsker, Patricia Limerick, Joseph Ellis, Eric Foner, Kenneth Jackson, Allen Guelzo, John Demos, Gordon Wood, Ed Linenthal, Carol Berkin, Peter Onuf, Frank Cogliano, David Blight, Gary Gallagher, David Kennedy, and Jeremi Suri.  They pay for the costs of travel, housing, food, and course materials.  It is a wonderful professional development experience.

Here is a description of my seminar:

This seminar will examine the founding, settlement, and development of the thirteen British colonies from 1607 to 1763. Rather than thinking about colonial America as a necessary forerunner to the American Revolution or the birth of the United States, we will make an effort to understand British colonial life on its own terms. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and other activities will we examine how the colonies developed from remote seventeenth-century English outposts  to well-connected eighteenth-century provinces of the British Empire. In the process we will critique the so-called Whig interpretation of the colonies and think together about how this particular period in the American past provides a laboratory for teaching historical-thinking skills in the K–8 classroom.

Learn more about the seminar here.  Applications are now open.  I hope to see some of you at Princeton University this summer!