2021-2022 Seminar Schedule

As a part of  the university’s plan to re-populate campus, the RCHA’s High School Teachers Institute plans to deliver its seminars in person with a virtual option. We will continue to monitor conditions and follow University guidelines for meetings.

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*In an effort to safely present our seminars we are limiting in person registration to 15 participants. However, we are also offering a virtual option to educators who wish to attend this year's seminars remotely. Please indicate on the registration form which option you would like to select.

Fall Semester 2021


“Did you know that Africans and Africa played an important part in the Allied victory of WWII?”

October 1, 2021

Allen Howard, Professor Emeritus of African and Global History, Rutgers University

Not the fact that African troops fought and were killed in sizeable numbers or that North Africa saw many key battles, especially those connected with the defeat of Rommel. If one shifts the focus from battles to logistics, we see that African farmers and miners in colonies supplied vital food and other materiel and that Africa furnished key ports and other bases. The main case here is Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone -- a British Colony where 6,000 Americans were stationed. It was the second most important convoy port, and women and men in Freetown lived through food shortages, air raid drills, etc. as in London. It truly was a World War. This seminar will provide educators with novel sources, photos, a bibliography and new ideas, as well as a chance to talk about teaching wars.


“Baseball History as American History”

October 22, 2021

Norman Markowitz, Associate Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University

This seminar will examine America’s “national pastime” as a microcosm of a changing American society and culture. Through the study of baseball in U.S. History, the seminar will examine player individualism in conflict with team effort, and player solidarity in conflict with owners’ control. Historic segregation and ethnic discrimination will be examined as they conflicted with the egalitarian and democratic ideals celebrated in the early years of the game. The development of baseball from its first inceptions as an amateur “gentleman’s game” in the pre-Civil War era to its present role as a multi-billion dollar transactional business will be the primary focus of the day.


“Piracy in World History: “The Greatest Pirate in History”

November 19, 2021

Johan Mathew, Assistant Professor of History, Rutgers University

Pirates were some of the most depraved and horrific individuals in human history. And yet they are also somehow beloved characters fit for Disney cartoons; for some reason they make “rape and pillage” sound like a birthday party game. How do we reconcile this disturbing contradiction? This workshop takes three figures from across the globe who have a claim to be the world’s greatest pirate. In understanding their stories and their historical contexts we seek to explore issues of race, gender, imperialism, inequality, and the long history of globalization. In the workshop we will be introduced to different eras and locations of piratical activity and we will learn what these instances reveal about their societies and how we can use these exciting stories to explore important historical concepts and debates.


“How Did the Cold War End?”

December 3, 2021

David Foglesong, Professor of History, Rutgers University

This seminar will examine different approaches to explaining and remembering the end of the American-Soviet Cold War. We will begin by analyzing interpretations that concentrate on the roles of “great men,” particularly Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. Then we will consider arguments about how “citizen diplomats” contributed to the end of the Cold War by challenging negative stereotypes, altering popular attitudes, and influencing government policies. Finally, we will discuss the impact of ideas about how the Cold War ended – particularly the notions that the United States won the Cold War and that the Cold War ended with the collapse of the USSR in December 1991 – on US foreign policy in the last three decades. The seminar will be led by David Foglesong, a historian of American-Russian relations. His lectures will draw on his books, The American Mission and the “Evil Empire” (2007) and From Distant Friends to Intimate Enemies (forthcoming), as well as on his current research about citizen activism and the end of the Cold War.