2007 Summer Institutes
Due to the nature of the Teaching American History Grant, there is only
enough funding to pay for twenty teachers to take each offered
course/institute. Millbury and Sutton are allotted two spots each for
each offering. In the event that either district opts not to utilize one
or both spots for a particular offering, the spot(s) will go back to
Worcester. Since the number of participants in the program is limited,
preference will be given in the following order: people enrolled in the
M.Ed. History program through TAH at Worcester State College, high school
teachers who teach United States History, grade 3 and 5 teachers who teach
Massachusetts/US History, and then other teachers who have applied.
Because participants can only use up to 21 credits of history courses from
the TAH grant towards the M.Ed. program offered by Worcester State College
(the additional 12 credits for the degree are specific classes required by
WSC), people who need the 21 credits will get preference over people who
have already earned 21 credits through the TAH grant.
Each institute is worth 3 graduate credits through Worcester State
College. The TAH grant will pay for the credits earned by the participant
for each institute, and books and other readings will be supplied.
Accepted participants will receive more information.
The Sources of Soviet Conduct
Taught by Douglas Little of Clark University
To be held at Clark University,
Prouty Seminar Room,
June 25-29, 2007
The course will focus on Soviet-American relations during three key
episodes of the Cold War: the rise of the containment and the Truman
Doctrine during the late 1940s; the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962; and the
causes and consequences of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.
Books by Gaddis, Fursenko and Naftali, and Westad will provide a broad
historical context, but the course itself will be devoted to a close
examination of primary documents, such as George Kennan's seminal 1947
article "The Sources of Soviet Conduct," the transcripts of the Kennedy
White House tapes made during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and memoranda of
Politburo discussions of the Afghan War available on-line through the Cold
War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center in
Washington, DC. We will conclude with a brief comparison of America's
Cold War clash with the Soviet Union and its current confrontation with
The Gettysburg Address
Taught by David Blight and Thomas Thurston of the
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, & Abolition
To be held at the American Antiquarian Society
August 20-24, 2007
Focused on Abraham Lincoln's short, famous speech, this week-long program
will expose participants to both relevant primary and secondary materials.
In addition to a primary-document reader, participants will read and
discuss works by top scholars in the fields of Civil War history and
slavery. During this seminar, participants will explore the Gettysburg
Address and its context -- not just what preceded Lincoln's speech, but
also how it has echoed through U.S. history. Lectures and discussions
will be supplemented by workshops at the American Antiquarian Society,
which houses extensive collections of nineteenth-century newspapers, such
as William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator and Frederick Douglass's
North Star, as well as broadsides, political cartoons, pamphlets,
other printed materials.
Applications are due by March 31, 2007
an application (in Word). Instructions are included.
For more informtaion, please contact Amy Sopcak at (508) 471-2129 or
Preference will be given to teachers from the
Worcester, Millbury, and Sutton school districts, but teachers from other
districts who are interested are encouraged to contact Amy to be placed on
a waiting list.
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