Popular American History Faculty Seminar to Examine Slave Narratives for Seventh Time

In summer 2016, CIC and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will cosponsor “Slave Narratives,” an American history seminar for full-time faculty members in history, English, and related fields at CIC member colleges and universities. Made possible through the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the seminar will take place at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, June 19–24, 2016.

David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale, will lead this successful seminar for the seventh time. During the seminar, participants will discuss Frederick Douglass’s famous pre-war narrative and Booker T. Washington’s famous post-war narrative. Sessions will cover several other accounts including two unique postbellum narratives contained in Blight’s book, A Slave No More, which uses the accounts to gain better understanding of the experience of emancipation itself. Participants will use the slave narratives, as well as other assigned secondary literature, to explore the lived experience of slaves in the transition from bondage to freedom. The program has enabled past participants to strengthen their teaching by improving existing courses and creating new courses and seminars; to advance their own research; and to connect with colleagues from other small and mid-sized institutions who share common challenges.

CIC will select up to 25 full-time faculty members by competitive nomination to participate in the seminar. The deadline to nominate faculty members for the seminar is January 8, 2016. Additional information, including guidelines and the nomination form, is available on CIC’s website: www.cic.edu/AmericanHistory.


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