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Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth Century  

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
July 2017
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Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth Century

Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth Century

Dates: July 2 - 21 (3 weeks)
Location: Simmons College, Boston, MA
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017 (notification date: March 31, 2017)
Stipend: $2,700

Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth Century offers K-12 educators new perspectives for the study of U.S. identities and foreign interactions across the twentiety century - a century that forged the interconnected world our students inhabit today. Our course of study both complements and challenges traditional diplomatic history to bolster teachers' abilities to present a more thorough and nuanced account of American foreign relations, with a particular focus on the regions of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Here we address traditional topics (e.g. immigration and progressivism, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, etc.) reimagined in vital new ways through a transnational lens. Teachers in the institute will look at the various levels, modes, and structures through which ideas of the "foreign" were constructed and consumed by Americans in the twentieth century, and the consequences of those ideas. Teachers will gain fluency with the richly creative literature of twentieth century transnational U.S. history and learn from some of the field's leading scholars and practitioners.

The U.S. and the Wider World is designed for teachers of U.S. and world history, English language arts, music/art, world languages, and some social sciences. With an emphasis on foreign relations post-1898, the institute asks these enduring questions about the United States and the world: How have Americans defined, debated, and carried out their role in the world? How does the world shape or act upon the United States? How has interacting in the world influenced how Americans think about themselves? How does the United States look when viewed from other regions of the world at different moments in time? The institute will illuminate points of entry in the curriculum where these issues may be addressed and invite teachers to identify others.

We welcome you to learn more about this opportunity through this website or by contacting Ann Marie Gleeson at Primary Source via email annmarie@primarysource.org or phone (617) 923-9933 ext. 133.

 

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