Summer 2023 Professional Development Opportunities
Summer 2023 Professional Development Opportunities

Looking to flex your science muscles this summer? Or do you need recertification hours? Teaching American History offers educators many opportunities for PD this summer – join us! To learn more.


HIST 502 O4B / POLSC 502 O4B: Founding of America (June 19–29)

This course is an intensive study of the constitutional convention, the struggle to ratify the Constitution, and the creation of the Bill of Rights. It will include a thorough study of the writings of federalists and anti-federalists.
Instructor: David Alvis (Wofford College)
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:15 pm to 10:30 pm ET.
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HIST 501 O5B / POLSC 501 O5B: American Revolution (July 3–13)

This course is an intensive study of the founding principles of America and the documents that embody them, especially the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. These principles will be illuminated by a close examination of the constitutional convention, the struggle to ratify the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and important constitutional disputes throughout American history.
Instructor: Adam Seagrave (Arizona State University)
Schedule: July 3-7: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET; July 10-13: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET
Course materials: Syllabus & Course package

On campus

HIST 630 2A / POLSC 630 2A: American Statesmen – The Adams Family (July 2–7)

The Adams family remains the most prominent political family in American history. Four generations of Adams revolutionized, established self-government, participated in the transformation of the republic into a large-scale democracy, and then witnessed how an industrialized nation took its place on the world stage. The Adamses were not only the statesmen of America, but also the custodians of their family’s heritage and the historians of our nation. This course examines the writings of four generations of the Adams family to better understand America’s political transformation. These writings will also help us consider the role of historians in America.
Instructors: Natalie F. Taylor (Skidmore College)
Course materials: Syllabus & Course package

HIST 620 3A / POLSC 620 3A: America’s Reform Tradition (July 9-14)

America experienced three periods of sustained interest in reforming its political and social life: the first in the decades leading up to the Civil War, the second in the decades leading up to World War I, and the third in the one or two decades after World War II. The course explores aspects of these reform movements, especially their relationship to religion and Protestant theology.
Instructors: Dennis K. Boman (American Intercontinental University)
Course materials: Syllabus & course package

MAHG class

HIST 630 3B / POLSC 630 3B: American Statesmen – Washington & Jefferson (July 9-14)

This course is a critical examination of two of our great presidents: George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. While he focuses heavily on their presidency and their political legacies, he also delves into their former (and, in Jefferson’s case, later) lives; their formative experience; family influence; family friendships and other personal issues that help to better understand them. Primary sources – letters, speeches and other sources of documentary evidence will be of great importance.
Instructors: Jeremy D. Bailey (University of Oklahoma) and Mark C. Landy (Boston College)
Course materials: Draft program & Draft course package

HIST 631 4A / POLSC 631 4A: American Political Rhetoric (July 16-21)

This course examines American political rhetoric in its broadest sense as the art of political persuasion and civic education. Rhetoric is the art of persuasion, the use of language, both written and spoken, to convince others of one’s point of view. However, many see such a belief as dangerous, especially in democracies where the individual voice is so important to politics. The line between persuasion and manipulation is not always clear, and the consequences of crossing it can be incredibly devastating. How and when should we be rhetorically persuasive? What rhetorical devices are persuasive and how do they work? To what extent do rhetoric and persuasion shape our understanding of politics? In the study of eminent speakers, we will engage in careful reading of the speeches and writings of leading statesmen, including Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama.
Instructor:Abigail Wegter (Berry College)
Course materials: Draft program