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Gilder-Lehrman Workshop with Donna Gabaccia: New Approaches to Immigration History, July 27–August 2

(Jan 08, 2014)

The week-long seminar, New Approaches to Immigration History be held July 27–August 2 at the University of Minnesota, will focus on immigration as one of the main themes of US history. It will introduce participants to tried-and-true ways of teaching about the United States as a “nation of immigrants” while also challenging them to consider new paradigms for the past. One new perspective emerges from a focus on mobility and movement—experiences that have been common to most Americans rather than limited to immigrants. Another new perspective results from situating American immigration within global histories of migration. A third (to be explored in this course through a focus on Minnesota and the American Midwest) acknowledges the very different local and regional histories of immigration within the United States. Using the exceptionally rich resources of the University of Minnesota and its Immigration History Research Center and treating the city of Minneapolis—with its large immigrant and refugee populations—as a local resource, the course will encourage participants to use their own localities and their own students to document and interpret immigration, using new and old media and digital tools.

Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Please check back soon for a list of readings.Course Reader: History in a Box: Freedom to Move: Immigration and Migration in U.S. History

Donna Gabaccia, Professor of History and former Director of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


There are several options for traveling to the University of Minnesota. The nearest airport is Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport located approximately 15 miles from campus. For more directions, please click here. Workshop participants will be housed in an on-campus dormitory. Participants will have single bedrooms but may share bathrooms and common space. Participants are provided with linens and towels. Dormitories are air-conditioned. Wireless Internet service is provided. Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.

Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.

“This Gilder Lehrman seminar fulfilled my expectations of learning from and about top notch scholarly resources, teaching pedagogy, collegial interaction with peers, guest lecturers, and field trips. Moreover, the living and work facilities as well as coordination by the master teacher were wonderful. Gilder Lehrman has the best seminars both for teacher intellectual and career development!”

“Donna Gabaccia was outstanding and the seminar really addressed incorporating lessons and content with Common Core.”

“Our lecturer and guest lectures were all excellent. Very engaging, knowledgeable, and were able to run a very productive and organized seminar. I highly recommend Donna Gabaccia's seminar. I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful the seminar was for me and my colleagues.”

Visit http://www.gilderlehrman.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=607 or call 646-366-9666.