“Wartime America” June 21-25, 2010

Life During Wartime
Teaching American History Summer Institute
“Wartime America”
June 21-25, 2010

Principal Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum Auditorium
30 West Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703


9:30-10:00 Sue Fulks (CESA 5) and Susan Hamblin (MMSD) meet with Institute participants concerning requirements

10:00-10:15 Welcome to participants by Project staff and overview of key issues from “Wartime America” faculty

Stan Schultz

Stan Schultz

10:15-11:30 Stanley Schultz Lecture—“Looking Backwards:  Reordering (?) of  American Society, 1950-2010” (Download Slides) (View Film Clips)

11:30-12:00 “Making Connections” sessions* (Conducted by Schultz, Suri)

12:00-1:00 Lunch

John Cooper

1:00-2:15 John Cooper (Visiting Expert) Lecture—“American Society During the ‘Great War’ and the Years of (Alleged) Peace, 1917-1939”

2:15-3:00 “Making Connections” sessions (Conducted by Cooper, Suri)

3:00-3:15 Complete daily evaluation form

3:15- Individual Research/Veterans Museum tour for interested participants


Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

8:45-10:00 Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (Visiting Expert) Lecture—“American Intellectual and Cultural Responses During the “Last Good War” (Download Slides)

10:00-10:15 Break

Jeremi Suri

10:15-11:30 Jeremi Suri Lecture—“Domestic America During Activism in Asia: The  Korean ‘War’ Through the Vietnam War” (Download Slides)

11:30-12:15 “Making Connections” sessions (Conducted by Ratner-Rosenhagen, Suri)

12:15-1:00 Lunch

Jeff Kollath

Jeff Kollath

1:002:15 Jeffrey Kollath Lecture—“Dap, Dope, and Dust-Offs:  The American GI and the Anti-War Movement” (Download Slides)

2:15-3:00 “Making Connections” sessions (Conducted by Kollath, Suri)

3:00-3:15 Complete daily evaluation form

3:15- Individual Research


James Baughman

8:45-10:00 James Baughman (Visiting Expert) Lecture—“The Media During Wartime””

10:00-10:15 Break10:15-11:30 Donald Downs (Visiting Expert) Lecture—“Civil Liberties in Times of War”

Donald Downs

Donald Downs

11:30-12:15 “Making Connections” sessions (Conducted by Baughman, Downs)

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15 Roundtable Discussion (Panelists and Teachers) on “Government, Media, Military, and Peacetime Civil Society in Twentieth-Century America”
Panelists:  Donald Downs, James Baughman,, Jeff Kollath, Stan Schultz (Moderator)

2:15-2:45 Coffee and Participants’ Discussion with Roundtable Members

2:45-3:00 Complete daily evaluation form

3:00- Individual Research/Veterans Museum tour for interested participants


8:00-11:45 Bus Trip to Tour of the Badger Ammunition Plant, near Sauk City/Prairie du Sac

11:45-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Return Trip to Madison

2:00-2:15 Complete Daily Evaluation Form

2:15- Individual Research


Teachers in CESA 5 districts will meet together in Portage

Teachers in the Madison area (CESA 2 districts) will meet together at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

9:00-9:30 Review of outcomes for the day

9:30-10:30 Post-test

10:30-12:00 Individual time to write out lesson/unit plans, reviewing notes from books, lectures, primary-source research, etc.

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:45 Group work; teachers collaborate with peers who teach students of similar ages

1:45-2:45 Time to incorporate peer suggestions into lesson/unit plans and related assessments, handouts, and other teaching materials

2:45-3:30 Complete end-of-year assessments for Life During Wartime, sign and submit stipend forms, unit plans, other paperwork.

*Note on the “Making Connection” Sessions

Faculty experts will lead all “Making Connections” sessions.  We will devote these sessions to integrating assigned readings with the topics raised during lectures and, most importantly, to helping teachers determine ways in which they can incorporate the topics and materials into their classrooms.  Largely through a Q&A format (faculty asking questions of and responding to teachers; teachers asking questions of and responding to faculty) we will endeavor to link specific events to the broader landscape of the times in which those events occur.  Of equal or greater importance, we will examine similarities and/or differences of attitudes and actions among the American peoples across time from the nineteenth century to the present.

At the beginning of each “Making Connections” session, we will divide the teachers into smaller groups.  Schultz and Suri, joined or supplanted, when possible, by the Visiting Expert(s) for the day, will serve as facilitators in the groups.  Our goal, in working with the teachers, is to help them view the moods and events of the American past from a variety of different perspectives so that, in turn, the teachers possess an abundance of approaches to integrating materials into their lesson plans (units).


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