2018-2019 Seminar Schedule

 The Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers is pleased to offer the seminars listed below for the 2018-2019 academic year.  All seminars will run from 9am--2:30pm.

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Fall Semester 2018

Political Islam: Understanding Present Debates Through Studying Past Encounters

September 28, 2018, 9am-2:30pm

Julia Stephens, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University

This seminar seeks to connect current discussions about Political Islam to longer histories of encounter between Muslims and “the West.” It will focus on three case studies, including modes of interpreting the sharia, practices of veiling, and depictions of Islam in the media. Materials will cover diverse geographies and chronologies, from the Middle East to the United States and from the time of the Prophet to the present. The seminar leader, in conversation with the participants, will also discuss integrating these topics into classroom learning in ways that are sensitive to diverse student experiences and perspectives.

The 19th Amendment: Race, States' Rights, and the Voting Rights of American Women

October 12, 2018, 9am-2:30pm

Ann Gordon, Research Professor Emerita, Department of History, Rutgers University

 The centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 2020 presents an opportunity to acknowledge the public history celebrations while exploring aspects of the history of voting rights that underlie that transformative moment and inform its contemporary significance.  In this workshop, we'll consider themes and source materials that can enable teachers and students to make connections across these historical topics:   1. Are naturalized citizens the equals of native-born in their voting rights?  Focus on 1870 Rhode Island.   2.  The attempt by woman suffragists to achieve a citizen's right to vote during Reconstruction.  Focus on the 1873 criminal trial of Susan B. Anthony.   3.  Disfranchisement of African- American men in southern states.  Focus on 1903 Virginia.   4.  Who benefitted and who did not from the 19th Amendment?  Focus on South Carolina.   5.  Civil rights movement of 20th century.  Focus on Georgia.    6.  Where are we today?

Material, Manpower, Morale: The Triangle of American Victory in World War II

October 26, 2018, 9am-2:30pm

Rich Grippaldi, Lecturer, Department of History, Rutgers University

 American industry provided the materials with which Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the other members of the United Nations were able to defeat the Axis Powers. Yet the United States also supplied the majority of the servicemen and -women fighting the Axis in the Mediterranean, northwest Europe, and Pacific Theatres. Thus, Allied victory ultimately rested on the United States' ability to motivate its people to participate in the war effort, so that the armed forces could obtain the necessary combat manpower. The decisions of the government, private industry, and individual Americans during the war years reveal the tense relationship between military service and first-class citizenship in mid-twentieth century America.

Race, Sex, and Sexuality in American History

November 2, 2018, 9am-2:30pm

Deborah White, Board of Governors Professor, Department of History and Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University

The seminar begins with an exploration of the way that race, class and gender were understood in early America. It continues by taking a close look at the way that these variables came together at various times in American history. With particular focus on marriage and the concept of intersectionality, we will study how American understanding of blackness and whiteness, manhood and womanhood, heterosexuality and homosexuality changed over time.

Class, Race, Gender, and Empire in the Making of the British Industrial Revolution

December 7, 2018, 9am-2:30pm

Seth Koven, Lessing Distinguished Professor of History and Poetics, Department of History, Rutgers University

Steam engines, factories, coal and textiles are part of any historical reckoning about how and why Britain became the world's first great industrial capitalist economy.  But this seminar will also show why Caribbean slavery, sugar, Indian opium, and the labor of poor women and children were no less important in the making of the so-called Industrial Revolution.  The seminar will explore the emergence of the concept of the "Industrial Revolution," the many ways in which scholars have approached it while also using primary sources drawn from across the globe to link together British, imperial and global histories. 

Jewish History in Europe: Main Themes, Problems, and Questions

December 14, 2018, 9am-2:30pm

Nancy Sinkoff, Associate Professor, Departments of History and Jewish Studies, Rutgers University

This workshop will examine the long history of the Jews in Europe by focusing on the ways in which this distinct national-ethnic-religious-linguistic people has interacted with its host societies, both Christian and Moslem, for over two millennia. We will begin by examining the major themes of Jewish religious self-definition (Covenant, Exile, Redemption, Peoplehood) while tracing the lived history of the Jews from the Second Temple Period (6th century BCE-1st century CE) up until the Christianization of the Roman Empire (4th century CE), which set in motion the great contest between the "Old" and "New" Israel. We will then explore the long Jewish Middle Ages, which "ended" in the 18th century. Turning for most of the seminar to the modern period (from the Partitions of Poland and the French Revolution until the present) in Western Europe (with a nod to the New World), we will explore the interactions between the European State and the Jews, the rise of nationalism, religious denominationalism, and modern forms of Judeo-phobia. The workshop will examine the changes in Jewish life engendered by modernity and explore the Jews'--and their host societies'--responses to its challenges. Attention will be paid to the regional diversity of Jewish modernity and to the ways in which women's and gender history have challenged older narratives of the Jewish past.