Professor Jennifer Keene
Professor Jennifer Keene

Professor Keene to conduct seminar here for award-winning Gilder Lehrman Institute

Professor Jennifer Keene

Professor Jennifer Keene

Led by Jennifer Keene, Ph.D., professor of history and chair of Chapman University’s Department of History, the
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
will hold a weeklong seminar at Chapman, “Teaching American History with Images,” from July 29 to Aug. 4.

Seminar participants will include K-12 teachers, library educators and National Park Service interpreters, who were selected by the institute in a competitive process. The seminar will demonstrate how visual evidence can be used by educators to recapture essential debates at critical moments in American history, examining how “teaching visually” involves contextualizing paintings, photographs, advertisements, political cartoons and films in their historical moment, seeing how they were received in their own eras and studying how their meanings change over time.

In 2012, the Gilder Lehrman Institute will offer more than 1,000 educators the chance to study American history with leading historians at top institutions throughout the United States and United Kingdom.  Each participant will work with primary source documents provided by the professors and the Gilder Lehrman Collection, and in addition will receive reading materials, room and board, transportation for tours and a travel stipend.   Since the program’s inception, more than 7,000 educators have participated in Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars.

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education.  Each year the institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students.  The institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the
White House
, the
National Endowment for the Humanities
and the
Organization of American Historians

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