Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

IHS partners with Gilder Lehrman Institute to host teacher workshop

Tue, June 19, 2012
IHS partners with Gilder Lehrman Institute to host teacher workshop

This summer the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will coordinate a week-long seminar series for teachers on the topic of “The History of American Foreign Policy since 1898” at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Jeremi Suri is directing the prestigious program on July 29 - August 4, 2012, at the LBJ School on UT campus.

The Gilder Lehrman seminar’s focus on the relationship of the United States with the wider world stage makes it part of a UT campus-wide initiative to bring new ideas, methods, and interpretations to foreign policy and international history.

Social studies teachers from across the country will spend a week together in this residential seminar exploring novel ways of thinking about the making of foreign policy over the past century and its diverse consequences in different regions.

The seminar will also explore innovative approaches to teaching and engaging students about the subject. Professor Suri and other University of Texas faculty will offer thematic lectures to the teachers. The teachers will also spend extensive time working in the archives of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and the Harry Ransom Center.

"These week-long summer institutes for history teachers from around the country are designed to give history teachers an opportunity to interact with major scholars, learn about new research, and develop new teaching ideas," said Professor Suri, adding, "This will be a great opportunity to show-off the terrific things we are doing at UT and will highlight the public value we provide to schools and communities in Texas and around the country."

Bringing years of experience as a teacher and a leader of teacher workshops around the country, Gilder Lehrman's Master Teacher Wendy Thowdis exclaimed, "I am excited to be working on this seminar!" Ms. Thowdis will plan pedagogical units for the teachers to accompany the lectures, library visits, and other activities planned by Prof. Suri. "We are very lucky to have her working with us this summer," writes Prof. Suri.

Since 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History has taken a leading role in promoting and improving history education in U.S. public and private schools through workshops and seminars, on-site and traveling exhibits, authors’ forums, prizes, innovative archival projects. The Summer Seminars for Teachers have been an integral part of their mission from the start. Each summer, the Institute sponsors as many as forty seminars at universities throughout the country and in the UK, and this year they are again expected to reach about 1000 teachers. The University of Texas also hosted the Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminar “From the Founding of a Nation to the Crisis of the Union” in 2009.

Use hashtag #GLI2012 to follow the Seminar on Twitter.

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The Gilder Lehrman Institute's "History of American Foreign Policy since 1898" seminar:

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