June 16 - June 22

Thomas Jefferson and the Enlightenment, June 16–22, 2019

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 »

Everyday Life in Colonial America, June 16–22, 2019

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 »

New Orleans and the History of the American South, June 16–22, 2019

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

“Land of dreamy dreams,” “the city that care forgot,” New Orleans has just celebrated her tricentennial (1718-2018). Three hundred years translates into a lot of history! In five days, this seminar will offer a chronological overview of the multicultural development of this far-from-typical American city. Learn More »

June 23 - June 29

Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation, June 23–29, 2019

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: McKinley to Obama, June 23–29, 2019

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, yet also a key lens through which we view and evaluate our commanders in chief. From William McKinley to Barack Obama, 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 American Civil War: Origins and Consequences, June 23–29, 2019

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 23–29, 2019

Peter Mancall and Robert C. Ritchie 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 30 - July 6

The Making of America: From Colonial America through the Civil War, June 30–July 6, 2019

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, the US Constitution, Jacksonian America, and the Civil War. Learn More »

American Protest Literature: Thomas Paine to the Present, June 30–July 6, 2019

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. Learn More »

July 07 - July 13

Gettysburg: History and Memory, July 7–13, 2019

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. Learn More »