Summer Institute 2009: Understanding and Teaching the Roots of the Civil War

August 10-14, 2009

9:00 – 4:00

Educational Service District 112

Vancouver, Washington

I’m pleased to announce the 2009 Causes of Conflict Summer Institute.  This institute will explore the roots of the Civil War, focusing on the seeds present in the nation’s founding, the slave debate, the Fugitive Slave Act, and the role of the West.  This program engages us with the historical content through working with three outstanding scholars, each representing different perspectives:  Spencer Crew, currently Professor of American, African American, and Public History at George Mason University, is the former director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History; Paul Finkelman, Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School; and Jenny B. Wahl, Professor of Economics at Carleton College.  Guiding our work in classroom implementation will be Rich Christen and Peter Thacker of the University of Portland.  A draft of the timed agenda is available for your consideration here.

While the institute will launch the Causes of Conflict 2009-2010 cohort, a year-long program for which teachers have already applied and no spots remain, the summer institute is open to interested teachers.  The program is entirely free and clock hours will be available.  Space is limited and advanced registration is required.  Teachers who register in advance will be supplied with supplementary texts until supplies run out.  If you’d like to join us, please contact me, Matt Karlsen, at your earliest convenience.


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