Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York
NEH Summer Institute for Twenty-five School Teachers and Two Graduate Students in the summer of 2010
June 27-July 23, 2010 at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York
Director: Graham Russell Gao Hodges. George Dorland Langdon, Jr. Professor of History and Africana Studies, Colgate University
Author of David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City (University of North Carolina Press, 2010); Root & Branch: African Americans in New York and East Jersey, 1613-1863 (University of North Carolina Press, 1999) and many other books.
Please consider coming to beautiful Colgate University, rated the most lovely campus in the nation, during its best weather of the year, to study the dynamic fusion of radical abolitionism and the Underground Railroad. Join colleagues from K-12 schools across the nation and two graduate students in history as we explore the development of these forces from marginal influence to movements that shook the nation in the era of the Civil War. I directed a similar institute at Colgate in 2008 and the results were pleasing to all. Friendships were created. I have visited a number of the teachers in their schools since then, and the institute enabled several teachers to rethink their career strategies. I ask that you look at our new website at
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As scholars and lay people discover new aspects and ties from the abolitionist movement to the Underground Railroad, this is a great time to listen to, consider and incorporate new ideas into your curriculum and lesson plans. Our institute is but one of many such efforts in museums, civic commemorations, school pageantry and scholarship about the moral and political crusade that changed our nation. In our institute, you will encounter in a small group setting nationally known scholars, read their works, examine primary materials and take short trips to nearby historic sites. Or simply enjoy a cosmopolitan setting for study and relaxation in a small village. Colgate rolls out the red carpet for guests such as you and we work as hard as possible to make you comfortable during your stay here. There is also an NEH Institute for College and University Teachers on Free Will and Human Perfection in Medieval Jewish Philosophy headed by Jonathan Jacobs meeting at Colgate at the same time. We will have several events in common and their presence will add to mutual intellectual exchange.
Among the terrific scholars who will be speaking to our group are James and Lois Horton, Fergus Bordewich, Marcus Rediker, Douglas Egerton, Milton Sernett, John Stauffer, Patrick Rael, Manisha Sinha, David Gellman, Julie Jeffrey, and Richard Newman. There will be time to work on lesson plans with Barbara Regenspan of the Colgate University Education Department.
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I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully meeting you on our campus next summer.
With sincerest best wishes,
Graham Russell Gao Hodges
Institute Director and George Dorland Langdon. Jr. Professor of History and Africana Studies, Colgate University
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