Category Archives: Summer Institutes

The National History Center, with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings 25 two- and four-year college teachers to Washington, DC to participate in a four-week long institute held at the Library of Congress.

“Rethinking America in Global Perspective” begins

The National History Center’s “Rethinking America in Global Perspectives” began today at the Library of Congress. One of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ summer institutes, “Rethinking America” brings together twenty-five two- and four-year American history teachers from across the country, and indeed, from around the world, for four weeks of seminar discussions and research at the Library! The institute is co-sponsored by the American Historical Association and the Community College Humanities Association. The group is lead by John R. Gillis, Professor Emeritus of History from Rutgers University, and Carl J. Guarneri, Professor of History at Saint Mary’s College of California.

The 2008 participants are:

Michael Benjamin (independent scholar, St. Louis, MO)
Rebecca Boone (Lamar University)
Daniel Byrne (University of Evansville)
AnnaMarie Christiansen (BYU Hawaii)
Nathan Citino (Colorado State University)
William (Russ) Coil (Ohio State University at Newark(
Konstantin Dierks (Indiana University)
Paulla Ebron (Stanford University)
Tami Friedman (Brock University)
Susan Goodier (SUNY Institute of Technology)
Lisa Jarvinen (LaSalle University)
Evan Lampe (Endicott College)
Mary Ellen Lennon (Bard High School Early College)
Karen Leroux (Drake University)
Barbara Luethi (University of Basel)
Margot Minardi (Reed College)
John Muthyala (University of Southern Maine)
Stephen Patnode (Nassau Community College)
Jadwiga Pieper Mooney (University of Arizona)
Katherine Pierce (Sam Houston State University)
Tim Roberts (Bilkent University, Turkey)
Patricia Rogers (Michigan State University)
James (Todd) Uhlman (Miami University, Oxford, OH)
Grant Weller (United States Air Force Academy)
Susanne Wiedeman (Saint Louis University)

Rethinking America in a Global Perspective

The National History Center, American Historical Association, the Community College Humanities Association, and the Library of Congress invite you to apply for “Rethinking America in a Global Perspective,” a summer institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC. The four-week institute will take place at the Library of Congress from June 16 through July 11, 2008. The George Washington University Department of History will co-sponsor the institute.

In an era of increasing global interaction and interdependence, those concerned with the historical, geographical, and cultural dimensions of America are actively rethinking the geographical and chronological boundaries of their subject of study. A growing body of scholarship now prompts American historians to “look…beyond the official borders of the U.S. and back again.” At the same time, world historians have been producing exciting transnational studies that connect America to other world regions.

With a view to internationalizing American history at the college level, this institute will bring together teachers and experts for four weeks at the Library of Congress. Using its unparalleled collections of American and global materials, they will explore individual research interests while developing curricular ideas and materials that will encourage students to become better citizens of an America faced with a multitude of global challenges and opportunities. The institute will be directed by Carl Guarneri and John Gillis. Guarneri has been a prominent proponent of globalizing American history and is the editor of America Compared: American History in International Perspective. Gillis has written extensively on comparative and transnational themes, especially relating to the Atlantic world.

They will be joined by a distinguished guest faculty—Charles C. Mann, Elizabeth Mancke, Laurent DuBois, Eliga Gould, Donna Gabbacia, Paul Kramer, Penny Von Eshen, and Alan Dawley—all of whom have made important contributions to this emerging field.

Apply to the Institute