The partnership of the Soviet Union, the United States, and Great Britain–what Winston Churchill termed the “Grand Alliance”–was wildly successful in its fundamental task of defeating the Axis Powers. However, beyond a desire for victory the three powers had little in common, and their visions of the postwar world were vastly different from one another. This colloquium will examine the tensions of the Grand Alliance through the use of a role-playing game set during the February 1945 Yalta Conference. Portraying members of the Soviet, U.S., and British delegations, participants will attempt to forge an agreement that will allow the three powers to complete the work of overcoming Germany and Japan and to build a framework that will extend their partnership beyond the end of the war.
What better way to learn about American history is there than by reading the primary sources, and discussing them with talented colleagues? What better place to learn about American history than in the places it was made? Participating teachers will read a set of primary source documents (150-200 pages), travel to a relevant historic site, and engage in conversation with up to 20 colleagues over the course of a weekend. In addition, participants will receive a stipend of $225 to defray the cost of travel to and from the program site.