Using American Herstory to Teach American History | Newberry

Using American Herstory to Teach American History

Monday, February 5, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Cynthia Jurisson, University of Chicago
Full. Waitlist only.
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Numerous primary sources by and about women, from every era of American history, are now widely available. Even so, curricular and standardized test demands, as well as time constraints, can make it difficult for teachers to authentically incorporate the history of women into the larger historical narrative of the typical U.S. survey course. This seminar introduces participants to a variety of short, provocative, historically significant texts pertaining to women, from each major period in U.S. history. Teachers will find these texts particularly useful for: deepening students’ understanding of the impact of women (and related gender- and race-based issues) in American history; illuminating and reinforcing other historically significant themes and events in the nation’s history; and helping motivate students to improve their skills of textual analysis and interpretation. Over the course of the morning we will discuss and analyze a variety of sources from each major era in U.S. history, and think together about how best to use them in the classroom. Participants will also receive a select collection of primary sources, as well as a bibliography of secondary sources that can be particularly helpful for those who work with middle and high school students.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.