Two History & Literature seminars will be held on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio in 2020. 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.

Immigration in American History and Literature

Sunday, July 5, 2020 to Friday, July 10, 2020

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.


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

The Harlem Renaissance in American History & Literature

Sunday, July 12, 2020 to Friday, July 17, 2020

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

Harlem became the hub of African-American culture in the 1920’s and 30’s, and the extraordinary writing that developed during this time continues to influence American literature and culture. This seminar will read the literature of the Harlem Renaissance in relation to its history as well as its social and cultural context. We will examine the role of race and mentorship–paying particular attention to the relationships between white mentors and black writers, and to white and black exchanges generally. In the context of these racial exchanges, we will study the values and the aesthetics of the “New Negro” movement that emerged in Harlem and learn how Harlem, as a distinctive, vibrant neighborhood, nurtured the Renaissance. We will also examine the competing theories about race and racial identity that defined the Harlem Renaissance’s intellectual culture.


Kathleen Pfieffer (Oakland University) and David F. Krugler (University of Wisconsin)


  • 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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