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The institute will run for two weeks from July 13-July 24, 2020 at the New-York Historical Society on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. On the evening of July 12th, we will begin with a welcome orientation and introduction to the Institute.

Each subsequent day will be divided into a morning and afternoon session. These sessions will take the form of either pedagogy workshops, seminars with guest lecturers, or field trips. Days will be bookended by a warm-up discussion in the morning that will synthesize and connect learning from each day to the next, and a classroom application discussion in the afternoon that will provide time for participants to brainstorm and workshop strategies to fold institute learning into their teaching.

As a culminating project, participants will create three lesson plans, each focused on women and citizenship in one of the three decades under study. These lesson plans will be an opportunity for participants to integrate new primary sources, scholarship, and pedagogical techniques into their existing educational practice. Teachers will have time in the afternoon to plan, write, and solicit feedback about their lesson plans, and a culminating lesson plan fair on the final day of the Institute will provide them with a platform to learn about one another’s work.  

Reading List
All readings will be mailed to participants in advance of the Institute. Two books, Alice Kessler-Harris’ In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America and Nancy Cott’s The Grounding of Modern Feminism will be used as course readers that will anchor institute learning. Chapters from both books will be assigned as an introduction to the course and each decade. Additional chapters and articles will be assigned and referenced by guest lecturers during their sessions. These will be shared digitally with all participants before the institute begins.

Curriculum Materials
In addition to assigned readings, participants will also use and receive New-York Historical Society curriculum materials in pedagogy sessions, including: The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, Nueva York: 1613-1945, Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975, Women & the American Story, and World War II & NYC.

Digital resources from Institution partners such as the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture, the FDR Presidential Library, and Facing History and Ourselves will also be provided for participants.


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