Two History & Literature seminars will be held on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio in 2019. 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.

The Civil War in American History & Literature

Sunday, July 7, 2019 to Friday, July 12, 2019

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

Team-taught by a historian and a literary scholar, this course examines the literature and political thought of the American Civil War to understand how different representations of the War and its causes informed national identity, not only in the time of conflict, but also in its subsequent legacy. Key political figures, activists, and writers of the time include Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, John C. Calhoun, and Abraham Lincoln. In the years since the War, important literary and political reconsiderations of the conflict were undertaken in the work of Charles Chesnutt and Joel Chandler Harris. Students will explore a variety of speeches, essays, and literature, as well as reflect upon different forms of literary expression, in order to learn how Americans navigated the challenges posed by slavery, war, emancipation, and reconciliation. Throughout, the course will consider the role that diverse aspects of identity in America, such as race and sex, play in the political, historical, and literary conversation around the Civil War. A take-home open-book essay exam will address key topics from the entire course.

Instructors:

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

Seminar Materials:

Syllabus

The World Wars in American History & Literature

Sunday, July 14, 2019 to Friday, July 19, 2019

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

This course examines the two wars that shaped and reshaped the American experience of the 20th century. Team-taught by a historian and a literary scholar, the course will look at both the battlefield and domestic experience of the war, as well as the issues of civil-military relations, and the connection between our political principles and our military practices. It will consider historical and literary texts such as Wilson’s War Message and Fourteen Points; an African-American soldier’s letter home detailing discrimination in France during World War I; Carrie Chapman Catt’s Address to Congress; James Fahey’s diary of his WWII experiences; the Supreme Court’s Korematsu decision; stories of Ernest Hemingway and Philip Roth; Willa Cather’s One of Ours; and poetry by Marilyn Nelson and Robert Frost. An open book essay exam will require students to reflect on the principal themes of the course.

Instructors:

Jennifer D. Keene (Chapman University) and Suzanne Brown (Dartmouth College)

Seminar Materials:

Syllabus

Seminars readings can be found on Blackboard.

Tuition:

  • Audit (25 in-service hours): $578
  • Graduate credit (2 semester hours): $1156

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.  The opening seminar session will begin promptly at 4:30 pm, followed by dinner.

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