Grisham Middle School Librarian Diane Hance has been selected to attend a summer teacher seminar sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Hance will travel to Hertford College in the United Kingdom to study “The American Empire in the 19th Century” at Oxford University July 13-19.
Hance was chosen by a committee of educators and administrators. This committee looks for educators who demonstrate a strong interest in American history, a commitment to growth and progress in the teaching profession, and an ability to translate new knowledge and materials into effective classroom teaching, according to the Gilder Lehrman Institute website.
“I am a huge fan of the resources this organization provides, free of charge, to educators, and I am honored to be selected for this prestigious seminar,” she said.
The seminar will examine America’s multifaceted relationship with the concept of empires in the 19th century, according to the Gilder Lehrman Institute website. Born in opposition to British rule, the U.S. struggled throughout its first century of existence to free itself from the webs of an increasingly powerful British Empire. At the same time, Americans developed their own system of empire. At the heart of this seminar are the many debates Americans had regarding these developments. Specific topics that will be examined include the Monroe Doctrine, Indian removal, the Mexican War, relations with Britain and the War of 1898.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute will provide attendees room and board at Hertford College and a $500 travel stipend.
Hance applied for the seminar after hosting a traveling exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute named “Alexander Hamilton: the Man Who Made Modern America.” In the fall of 2014, Hance will host another exhibit from the institute called “The Many Faces of George Washington.”