American History Seminar

Each year, the Council of Independent Colleges organizes a seminar on various topics in American history for full-time faculty members in history and related fields. The seminars are made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and are cosponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. In June 2016, David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University, will lead a seminar on Slave Narratives.

Read an article about the seminar in the Independent.

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Approximately 25 participants were selected by competitive nomination. All full-time faculty members in history, English, and related fields at CIC member institutions are eligible. Faculty members who wish to participate must be nominated by the chief academic officer of the nominee's institution.



The seminar was held June 19–24, 2016, at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.


Room, board, and books was covered by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants or their institutions are expected to provide transportation to and from New Haven, however, CIC will reimburse up to $400 in travel-related expenses following the seminar.


Questions regarding the seminar on American History should be directed to Stephen Gibson, CIC director of programs, at or (202) 466-7230.