The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, one of the leading educational foundations in the country, has selected The University of Texas at Austin as a distinguished institution for training the next generation of history teachers. Each year, primary and secondary education teachers from schools throughout the country will participate in a weeklong seminar on the UT Austin campus, where they will work closely with faculty to improve the quality of history education in their schools and communities.
With a focus on the history of U.S. foreign policy, the Gilder Lehrman seminar will include readings and lectures by distinguished University of Texas at Austin faculty, as well as campus tours of archives and book collections. The goal of the workshop is to help bring new research and excitement about history into classrooms across the country and will be led by Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs.
“This workshop is a great example of how our research and teaching on campus add enormously to the public experience for citizens in Texas and other states,” said Suri, professor history and public affairs. “This workshop is part of our broader effort at UT to train the future leaders of our society. Our future leaders will need high quality history education in their local schools.”
While exploring America’s emergence as a world power in the late 19th century, the participants will use various archival materials from various locations on campus, including the LBJ Presidential Library, the Harry Ransom Center and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
The seminar is designed to show teachers how historical research and teaching can influence citizenship and policy for the better.
In addition to research methods and classroom pedagogy, teachers will learn how to use social media as a communication tool. Use hashtag #GLIUT2013 to follow the seminar on Twitter. Check out a break-down of the week’s events on Storify.
Sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Foundation, the summer seminar offers more than 1,000 educators the chance to study American history with leading historians at top institutions throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Since the program’s inception, more than 7,000 educators have participated in Gilder Lehrman seminars.
Collaborators include Humanities Texas, the LBJ Presidential Library, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Institute for Historical Studies and the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts.
Gilder Lehrman Institute on Storify – Summer 2013
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