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Applications are invited from Oklahoma-based teachers of American history and government, and also from Oklahoma teachers in related fields, for “Visions of America,” a five-day, content-rich summer course of development and enrichment, held on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus June 17-21, 2019.  The course is hosted by the Center for the History of Liberty at OU and will feature lectures and workshops with eminent and fascinating scholars from the OU faculty and elsewhere.    

“Visions” is now in its sixth year of operation, and topics planned for this year’s program include the usual wide range of historical and pedagogical topics, ranging from the outlook of the Founding generation, to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, to the mixed legacy of Native American schooling. In addition, we’ll be joined for part of the time by one of the unsung heroes of American education, Will Fitzhugh, the creator, editor, and chief sustainer of The Concord Review, a remarkable publication which specializes in the publication of student historical research. Will will be presenting our Thursday night lecture, and also be doing a workshop with us.

In years past “Visions” has attracted the participation of teachers from all kinds of schools—large and small, urban and rural, public and private, primary and secondary—from all across the state. We cherish this variety in the makeup of our program, and especially welcome applicants from small and rural schools.

Topics covered in past summer institutes ranged from the origins of American constitutionalism, the public image of George Washington in American visual culture, changing interpretations of the American West, the future of American journalism, the Jewish roots of Alexander Hamilton, the complex history of the Southwestern borderlands, the tangled history of the United States and the Korean peninsula, and the United States as viewed through the eyes of its Canadian and Mexican neighbors. Attention has also been given to pedagogical issues, such as how to teach the Constitution more effectively using online resources, and how to master the challenges to the classroom engendered by our technology-rich environment.

On-campus housing and all meals will be provided.  In addition, attendees will receive a $500 stipend and 30 hours of professional development credit for completion of the course.

Although the program is chiefly targeted toward secondary-school teachers of American history and government, it is not restricted to them. Applicants in other fields and other grade levels, as well as librarians and other support personnel who have a direct involvement in the content-related aspects of pre-collegiate education, are welcome to apply. Participation is restricted to Oklahoma residents, however.

Interested in participating?  Simply click here to download and print the application.  Email the completed application along with a 300-500 word essay describing your interest in attending the Visions of America summer institute to Amber Murray at amurray@ou.edu, OR mail them in hard copy to:

Amber Murray
University of Oklahoma
Center for the History of Liberty
3000 S. Berry Rd., Suite 110
Norman, OK 73072

Applications must be received by April 22, 2019 for consideration. Applicants will be notified by email of acceptance by May 3, 2019.

Questions? Email amurray@ou.edu or call (405) 325-4859.

We look forward to welcoming Oklahoma teachers to OU for this wonderful event!