2015 American Studies Summer Institute

About the Summer Institute

For over two decades, teachers and graduate students in American Studies, political science, history, and related disciplines have explored in depth a topic drawn from American history, politics, culture, or social policy through the American Studies Summer Institute, co-sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The intensive two-week program, held at the Kennedy Library in July, includes informative and thought-provoking lectures and discussions led by a distinguished group of scholars and guests.

Past topics have included:

  • Nature and Nation Transformed: Rethinking the Role of the Environment in America’s Past and Present
  • Defining “Public” and “Private” in America: Cultural, Social and Political Arguments Past and Present
  • Americans All?: Imagining Citizenship, Past and Present
  • The US and the World in the 21st Century
  • Hard Times and Public Policy: Facing Economic Challenges, Past and Present 

Participants may earn three graduate credits in American Studies. Teachers may earn graduate credits or PDPs.

2016 Summer Institute

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