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Gilder-Lehrman Institute Seminars

Mike Tribe

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A couple of months ago, I mentioned the Gilder-Lehrman Institute seminars in reply to a post on the Civil Rights Movement in the USA.

The Gilder-Lehrman Institute is a US charitable trust which is supposed to encourage the teaching of US history. They have a fairly good website and a lot of historical documents covering all periods of US history, but the best thing they do, I think, is the annual selection of summer seminars for teachers.

I went to one on the Cold War a couple of years ago at Magdalene College, Cambridge. It was led by Odd Arne Westad, one of the top historians in the field, and was really useful. The Institute pays all food and accomodation costs and even mails you the books for the seminar. And they pay you a course stipend of $500 for attending...

I don't know what the other seminars are like, but if they're anything like as good as the one I went on, they're an outstanding educational opportunity...


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