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How To “Do History”: A Four-Session Workshop for Aspiring Historians to Explore How Historians Learn About America’s Past

July 7, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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One event on July 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm

One event on July 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm

One event on July 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm

When high school students study history, the focus is usually on learning what happened in the past.  But when historians study history, the focus is on how we know what happened.  What does it require to think like — and study history like — historians do?  How can we discover evidence of people’s daily experiences decades or centuries ago?  How can we accurately understand that evidence?

In this four-session workshop, a small group of participants (enrollment is limited to 25 students) will work directly with author and historian Dr. Lois Leveen to approach history not just as students but as historians. We will focus in particular on centering the experiences of women of color, as we learn how to find and interpret primary sources to expand our understanding of American history. We’ll explore how historians develop a deep understanding of what people in the past said and did, and also of what they thought, and what strategies they used to make America a better, fairer, most just nation for all.

We are seeking a diverse class of high school students who are intellectually curious, ready to undertake short independent projects, and enthusiastic about considering a career as a historian. Although committed sophomores may apply, rising seniors and juniors will be given priority in registration.


  • FRIDAY, JULY 9, 3-5PM
  • MONDAY, JULY 12, 3-5PM


July 7, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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