American History Seminar

The Council of Independent Colleges is pleased to announce a seminar for full-time faculty members in history and related fields on the The Creation of the Modern American City: Chicago from 1830 to 1910 to be led by Henry Binford, Associate Professor of History and Urban Affairs at Northwestern University and Carl Smith, Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and Professor of History, also at Northwestern University.  The seminar, made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and cosponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, will be held at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois, June 16–20, 2014.

 Current Status

Twenty-eight participants have been selected to participate in the seminar on The Creation of the Modern American City: Chicago from 1830 to 1910.


The seminar was held June 16–20, 2014 at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois.


​There is no fee to participate. Lodging, meals, and seminar materials will be covered. Participants or their institutions will be expected to provide transportation to and from Chicago, however CIC will reimburse up to $200 in travel 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.