“American Wars in Historical Memory” June 20-24, 2011

Life During Wartime
American History Summer Institute
“American Wars in Historical Memory

June 20-24, 2011

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


9:00-9:15 Sue Fulks (CESA 5) and Susan Hamblin (MMSD) meet with Institute participants concerning requirements

9:15-9:30 Overview of key issues

9:30-10:30 Stanley Schultz Lecture—”Wartime Memories:  Institutionalizing American Wars, 1860-Present”

10:30–10:45 Break

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

10:45-11:45 Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (Visiting Expert) Lecture–“Historians, ‘Historical Memory,’ and You” Running time= 55 Minutes
Download Lecture Slides:  Historians, Historical Memory, and You

11:45-12:30  “Making Connections” sessions*

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:15 John Cooper (Visiting Expert) Lecture—“The ‘Great War’ and ‘The Last Good War’ in Americans’ Historical Imaginations”  View the Cisco Webex lecture by John Cooper (CLICK HERE)

2:15-3:00 “Making Connections” sessions

3:00-3:15 Complete daily evaluation form

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


9:00-10:30  Jeremi Suri Lecture—”The United States in Asia:  Historical Lessons of Wars in Korea and Vietnam”  Download Lecture Slides:  Korea and Vietnam: Cold War Politics and Memories

10:45-12:00  John Hall (Visiting Expert) Lecture—”Past Memories, Future Wars and Domestic Policies” Download Lecture Slides: Past Memories Future Wars and Domestic Policies

12:15-1:45 Lunch
3:25 Research Time
Complete daily evaluation form


8:45-9:45 James Baughman (Visiting Expert) Lecture—“Remembrance of Wars Past: The Media After Wartime”

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:00  William Tishler Lecture–“Education After Wartime”
Download slides for the lecture “Education After Wartime (22 June 2010)

Video Clip: Russian Civilization (1959 TV program)

11:00-11:45 “Making Connections” sessions

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:45 Vaneesa Cook Lecture–“The New Left and Lessons of World War II” Download Lecture Slides: The New Left and the Lessons of World

1:45-2:00  Complete daily evaluation form


9:00 Field Trip to Milwaukee

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30- Return Trip to Madison


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

9:00-9:15 Review of outcomes for the day

9:15-10:15 Post-test

10:15-12:00 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

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.  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).


One Response to “American Wars in Historical Memory” June 20-24, 2011

  1. Bill Gibson says:

    This looks great. Promises to be a fine way to wrap up the program. Thanks!

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