• 01 Nov 2010
Live, Online Professional Development Seminars
for History and Literature Teachers

2010-2011 Schedule
Date Seminar Leader
Thurs., Oct. 7 Southern Women and the Civil War Laura F. Edwards
Duke Univ.; NHC Fellow
Thurs., Oct. 14
The Iconography of Slavery
Maurie McIinnis
Tues., Oct. 19 Was the American Revolution Avoidable? Jack P. Greene
Johns Hopkins Univ.; NHC Fellow
Oct. 26
How to Read a Slave Narrative
William Andrews
Tues., Nov. 9 Buffalo Bill, American Idol

External/Outbound link to PBS American Experience home page.
Joy Kasson
UNC-CH; NHC Fellow

Thurs., Nov. 11 Meaning in Marble: Civil War Monuments and American Identity
Kirk Savage
Univ. of Pittsburgh
Thurs., Jan 20,
Enlightened by the Rockets' Red Glare: The Meaning of "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Robert A. Ferguson
Columbia Univ.;
NHC Fellow
Tues., Feb. 8,
The Art and Politics of the Harlem Renaissance
Kenneth R. Janken
NHC Fellow
Tues., Feb. 22,
Rethinking Martin and Malcolm
Steven F. Lawson
Rutgers Univ.;
NHC Fellow
Thur., April 7,
The Crash of 1929

External/Outbound link to PBS American Experience home page.
Edward J. Balleisen
Duke Univ.;
NHC Fellow
National Humanities Center Online Seminars in U.S. History and American Literature


Who Should Enroll:
History and literature teachers.

Reading Assignments: Seminar texts are provided free online at the National Humanities Center's Toolbox Library and TeacherServe® websites. Prior to each seminar, reading assignments will be made available to participants.

Recertification Credit: The National Humanities Center programs are eligible for recertification credit. Each seminar will include ninety minutes of instruction plus approximately two hours of preparation. Because the seminars are conducted online, they may qualify for technology credit in districts that award it. The Center will supply documentation of participation.

Technical Requirements: The seminars are conducted online using conferencing software. To participate, you need a computer, an internet connection, speakers, and a microphone. Request a headset.

Sponsor: The National Humanities Center, located in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park, is the country's only independent institute for advanced study in all branches of the humanities. Since 1984, it has been offering rigorous, content-based professional development programs for high school teachers.

What Teachers
Are Saying:

Life on an Antebellum Plantation

"I am excited about the materials that I’ve learned are available through the National Humanities Center’s Toolbox Library. They are easily accessible, have useful notes that fit easily into lesson plans, and are engaging to the learner."

--Judith B., North Carolina

Life on an Antebellum Plantation

"I am excited about the variety and depth of resources available through the National Humanities Center’s Toolbox Library . . . encouraging the use of primary sources in the classroom."

--Paula B., South Carolina

Be sure to visit the National Humanities Center's online resources for teachers:
  • The Toolbox Library, which provides primary sources—historical documents, literary texts, visual images, and audio material—illuminated by notes and discussion questions.

  • TeacherServe®, collections of essays by leading scholars that explore important topics in American culture and offer advice on how to teach them.

National Humanities Center
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Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709
Phone: (919) 549-0661   Fax: (919) 990-8535
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