History Institute

The History Institute is the UMass History Department’s signature offering for teachers. Since 1994, this annual institute has offered local educators a valuable opportunity to explore historical themes in depth, to make meaningful connections with historians at UMass and beyond, and to stay abreast of current scholarship in the field. Each year, the institute consists of a series of lectures and workshops with local scholars and teacher trainers.

Recent themes include "Im/migration in the Modern Americas," “The 1960s and Beyond in Historical Perspective: Social Justice and Equality in Local Context," "Contemporary Events in Historical Perspective," and "Teaching in the Age of Mass Incarceration." 

Prior institutes have been offered in conjunction with the Collaborative for Educational Services' Emerging America Program and supported by the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Collaborative. 

2017-2018 History Institute

Upcoming Events

James Baldwin on Film, on the Page, and in the Classroom

November 2 and 30 | 5-8 p.m. | Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke.

This two-part workshop on the life and work of James Baldwin is offered in collaboration with the Western Mass Writers Project and the James Baldwin Project. The first session will focus on why to teach Baldwin, the second on how. The first meeting will feature a screening and discussion of the film The Price of the Ticket, which includes numerous interviews with Baldwin. The second meeting will include discussion of a short piece of Baldwin’s writing and strategies for teaching it. If there is interest, this program may develop into an extended series or even a course. A light supper will be served. Free and open to all. Registration encouraged: