American History Seminar

Each year, the Council of Independent Colleges organizes a seminar on various topics in American history for full-time faculty members in history and related fields. The seminars are made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and are cosponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. In June 2015, David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University, will lead a seminar on Slave Narratives.

Read an article about the seminar in the Fall 2014 Independent.


Up to 25 participants will be selected by competitive nomination. All full-time faculty members in history, English, and related fields at CIC member institutions are eligible. Faculty members who wish to participate must be nominated by the chief academic officer of the nominee's institution. The nomination deadline is December 12, 2014.

Selection of participants will be announced on Friday, January 30, 2015.

To submit a nomination, please refer to the brochure and nomination form.


The seminar wil be held June 21–25, 2015, at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Housing will be provided on campus.


Room, board, and books will be covered by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants or their institutions will be expected to provide transportation to and from New Haven, however, CIC will reimburse up to $200 in travel-related expenses following the seminar.


Questions regarding the seminar on American History should be directed to Stephen Gibson, CIC director of programs, at or (202) 466-7230.