Summer Press Release

Brooklyn TEACHER ATTENDS SEMINAR ON The Civil Rights Movement



New York, NY (June 30, 2011) – This summer, Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice history teacher Aaron Shelby will travel to Clare College at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England to attend a one-week competitive application seminar entitled “The Civil Rights Movement.


Directed by Anthony Badger, Paul Mellon Professor of American History, Master of Clare College at Cambridge University, the seminar will explore how an economically and politically powerless racial minority wrested dramatic change from a determined and entrenched white majority in the American South.


The Gilder Lehrman Institute is renowned for its scholarly seminars for K-12 educators and National Park Service interpreters.  This summer, the Institute’s seminars will offer over 1,000 participants the chance to study American history with leading scholars of the field.  Held at institutions throughout the United States and Great Britain, these weeklong seminars provide intellectual stimulation and practical resources and strategies to take back to the classroom.  In each seminar, educators work with primary source documents provided by the professors and the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Each educator receives reading materials, room and board, transportation for tours and a stipend.


Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History of American History is a nonprofit organization improving and enriching American history education through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts throughout the nation. In addition to its summer seminars, Gilder Lehrman administers the State and National History Teacher of the Year Award; creates and works closely with history-focused schools; organizes development programs for teachers; produces print and digital publications and traveling exhibitions; hosts lectures by eminent historians; and offers national book prizes and fellowships for scholars to work in the Gilder Lehrman Collection as well as other renowned archives. Gilder Lehrman hosts, serving as the gateway to American history online and featuring the quarterly online journal History Now, designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students.



The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

19 West 44th Street, Suite 500

New York, NY 10036

  1. Get it! You are most deserving of this. Cannot wait to hear all about it.

  2. Thanks, Jenny! I’m beyond excited about this opportunity-I cannot wait to be back in the classroom as a traditional student!

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