History & Literature Seminars

DSC_0159 (1)Ashbrook is pleased to introduce a new program for teachers of American history and American literature. Our new History & Literature seminars aim to encourage the cross-curricular study of key themes in American history by examining both historical documents and literary texts. Open to both social studies and English/language arts teachers at any level, the seminars will delve into the history and meaning of America through the words of historical figures great and small, as well as through the prose and verse of the nation’s writers.

Each seminar will be taught by a historian or political scientist teamed with a literary scholar.  Additionally, an experienced K-12 teacher will serve as a facilitator of discussions on the integration of these two subjects into history and language arts curricula.

The first History & Literature seminar will be held on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio from July 11 to 14, 2017. Room and board are available, as is airport shuttle service between the Ashland University campus and the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Participants may opt to earn 1 semester hour of graduate credit for an additional fee.

Equality and Liberty in American History & Literature (1)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 to Friday, July 14, 2017

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

This course examines the two fundamental American ideas using historical documents and literary texts. The course will be co-taught by a political scientist and a literary scholar. The two and a half day course may be audited or taken for one semester credit hour at the graduate level, and will provide time for the participants to consider how the documents might be used in their classrooms and curricula.

Instructors: Lucas Morel (Washington & Lee University) and Kathleen Pfeiffer (Oakland University)

Teacher Facilitators: Cathy Alderman & Steven Main (Anderson New Tech High School)

Seminar Materials:  Syllabus  Course Packet


  • Audit (in-service hours only): $425
  • Credit (1 semester hour): $545

Room & Board:

  • Double-occupancy air conditioned room and all meals: $225

Airport Shuttle Service:

  • Roundtrip shuttle between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Ashland University: $100

Participants should plan to check in at the Ashland University campus between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Tuesday, July 11th.  Dinner and the opening session will follow check-in and the first day’s activities will conclude around 8:30 pm.

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