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Summer History & Literature Seminars

DSC_0159 (1)TAH.org is pleased to announce the return for 2018 of our summer program for teachers of American history and American literature. Our 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& Literature seminars aim to encourage the cross-curricular study of key themes in American history by examining both historical documents and literary texts.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.

Two History & Literature seminars will be held on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio in 2018. Room and board are available, as is airport shuttle service between the Ashland University campus and the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Participants may take the seminar for in-service hours or opt to earn graduate credit.

Session 1

Equality and Liberty in American History & Literature

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 to Friday, July 13, 2018

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

This course is an introduction to black American literature, speeches, and essays from the antebellum period through the World War II era. It examines a diversity of approaches to securing the equal rights of blacks and depicting their social and political situation before—and especially after—the American Civil War.

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

Seminar Materials:  Syllabus  Course Packet

 Tuition:

  • Audit (in-service hours only): $425
  • Credit (1 semester hour): $561

Room & Board:

  • Double-occupancy air conditioned room and all meals: $250

Participants should plan to check in at the Ashland University campus between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Tuesday, July 10th.  Dinner and the opening session will follow check-in and the first day’s activities will conclude around 8:30 pm.

Session 2

Immigration in American History & Literature

Sunday, July 15, 2018 to Friday, July 20, 2018

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

This course considers writing about immigrants and immigration in America from the antebellum period through the present day. Participants will read excerpts of speeches, essays, fiction, poetry, diaries, and memoirs by and about those who came to the United States from abroad. In seminar discussion, using both historical and literary analysis, participants will probe both particular aspects of the immigrant experience and the response to immigrants by native-born citizens. The course will consider the work of authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Jane Addams, Bernard Malamud, Sarah Orne Jewett, Gish Jen, Jamaica Kincaid, Richard Rodriguez, Maxine Hong Kingston, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Instructors: Dan Monroe (Millikin University) and Suzanne Brown (Dartmouth College)

Seminar Materials:  Syllabus  Course Packet

Tuition:

  • Audit (in-service hours only): $850
  • Credit (2 semester hours): $1122

Room & Board:

  • Double-occupancy air conditioned room and all meals: $475

Participants should plan to check in at the Ashland University campus between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 15th.  The opening seminar session will begin promptly at 4:30 pm, followed by dinner.

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