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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Calendar of Events

Satirical drawing depicting the "Edenton Tea Party"

Women and the American Revolution
Rebecca Tannenbaum

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008
3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Dr. Tannenbaum (Yale University) will discuss the contributions of women during the American Revolution.


The Declaration of Independence: A Watershed Moment in American History
Casey King

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008
3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Casey King, a doctoral candidate in American History from Yale University, will discuss the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.


Title page to Cotton Mather's The Wonders of the Invisible World

The Invisible World: Witchcraft, Magic, and Religion
John Demos

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008
3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Professor John Demos (Yale University) will speak on witchcraft in New England, and the the worldview of 17th century New England.


The Voyage of the Hare
Sean Kelly

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2009
3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Professor Kelly (Hartwick College, the American Antiquarian Society) traces a single Rhode Island slaving voyage to tell the story of the slave trade, colonial New England, and the Atlantic World.


A New England Congregational Church

Religion in Colonial America and the Establishment Clause
Jon Butler

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2009
3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Professor Butler (Yale University) will discuss the relationship between church and state in colonial America.


The Connecticut Historical Society

Field Trip to the Connecticut Historical Sociey

Location: Leaving from ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2009
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM


Detail: "George Washington Addressing the Constitutional Convention," Junius Stearns, c. 1856

The Constitutional Convention
Carol Berkin

Location: Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. New Haven, CT

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Professor Berkin (Baruch College) will be speaking on the issues and personalities behind the consitutional convention.

Online Resources

The American Antiquarian Society

Field Trip to the American Antiquarian Society

Location: Leaving from ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM


"George Whitefield Preaching," John Collet,

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
Harry Stout

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009
3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Professor Stout (Yale University) will discuss the Puritans, Jonathan Edwards, and religion in the daily life of the American Colonists.


Old Sturbridge Village

Field Trip to Old Sturbridge Village

Location: Leaving from ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009
Time: TBA

Online Resources

Revolution and Independence
Jake Ruddiman

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2009
3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Jack Ruddiman (doctoral candidate, Yale University) will present a social history of Revolutionary America.

Online Resources

"The Signing of the Fundamental Orders of the Constitution 1638-39," Albert Herter (State Supreme Court Courtroom)

Colonial Governance and Constitutionalism
Walt Woodward

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2009
3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Walt Woodward (University of Connecticut, Connecticut State Historian) will present a political history of Colonial Connecticut.


Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Summer Institute

Location: Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. New Haven, CT

Dates: Tuesday, July 21 to Thursday, July 23


Runaway slave graphic

The American Contradiction: Slavery & the Origins of the American Republic
David Blight

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009
4:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Yale University professor David Blight will introduce some of the major historical questions to be studied during the 2009-10 ACES TAHG Grant.


Whitney's Cotton Gin

Slavery and the Northern Economy
Seth Rockman

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Brown University professor Seth Rockman will discuss the way in which the economies of New England were tired to the Cotton South.


Fortune as he may have looked in life.

Field Trip to Mattatuck Museum

Location: Leaving from ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Time: TBA

Online Resources

Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War
Harry S. Stout

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Both sides in the Civil War believed that they marched under the banner of God. Professor Stout (Yale University) will discuss the war as a test of ideas.

Online Resources

The Abolitionists and American Slavery
Stacey Robertson

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Professor Robertson (Bradley University) will discuss abolitionists, their convictions, and the social bases for their actions.

Prof. Robertson's Powerpoint Presentation

"Emancipation," Engraving by Thomas Nast

Emancipation and Freedom's Contested Meanings
Susan O'Donovan

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Professor O'Donovan (University of Memphis) will talk about the way in which the political and economic consequences of emancipation were shaped by the freedmen and their former masters.


The caning of Sumner

The Coming of the Civil War
Gary Kornblith

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Professor Kornblith (Oberlin College) will consider some of the common explanations historians have given for the coming of the Civil War.

Online Resources

Field Trip to the Harriett Beecher Stowe Center

Location: Leaving from ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2010
Time: TBA

Online Resources

The Caribbean Roots of the American Civil War
Edward Rugemar

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Professor Rugemar (Yale University) will talk about the significant impact that the abolition of slavery in the British West Indies had on the political contest over slavery in the United States and shaped the coming of the Civil War.


Field Trip to Tsongas Industrial History Center

Leaving from ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Time: TBA

Online Resources


Portrait of Philadephia minister and abolitionish Richard Allen

African Americans and Abolitionism
Richard Newman

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: May 13, 2010
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Professor Newman (Rochester Institute of Technology) will discuss the influential role African Americans played in the movement to abolish slavery.

Online Resources

Gettysburg National Military Park

Slavery, Civil War, and Emancipation:
Summer Institute

Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Charleston, South Carolina

Dates: Sunday, June 27 to Saturday, July 3, 2010


World War One
Jay Winter, Yale University

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
John McClymer, Assumption College

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


Field trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Saturday, November 13
Time: TBA

Online Resources


The Great Depression and the New Deal
Nick Taylor

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


The Women's Movement
Alice Kessler-Harris

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Popular Music and American Culture
Steve Armstrong

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


The Civil Rights Movement

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Sheldon Stern, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum historian, (1977-1999)

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


Field Trip to the Thomas Dodd Center, UCONN

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Time: TBA

Online Resources


Field Trip to Harlem

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Time: TBA


U.S. Environmentalism Since 1945
Steven Stoll, Fordham University

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


The Alabama Civil Rights Movement (Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma)

Leaving from ACES Professional Development Center

Dates: July 18-23, 2011


Women and the American Revolution
Carol Berkin, Baruch College

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Factory Women in Antebellum American
Tom Dublin, SUNY Binghamton

Reading: Chapters 6 & 10

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


Emily Dickinson Museum

Departing from ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
TIME: TBA


Race, Women and the City in Progressive Era America
Mary Ting Yi Lui, Yale University

Reading: Chapter 12

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


Women's Photography and Social Reform
Laura Wexler, Yale University

Reading: Chapter 18

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


Women in Colonial America
Rebecca Tannenbaum, Yale University

Reading: Chapters 2 & 4

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2012
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


Visit to the Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College

Leaving from ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Saturday, March 3 2012
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Women and Reform in 19th Century America
Stacey Robertson, Bradley University

Reading: Chapter 8

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


The Women's Suffrage Movement
Carol Faulkner, Syracuse University

Reading: Chapter 14

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


Women and the Civil Rights Movement
Judy Richardson, Documentary Producer

Reading: Chapter 20

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


Prudence Crandall Museum

Departing from ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Women and the Civil Rights Movement (Jackson, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee)

Leaving from ACES Professional Development Center

Dates: July 15-21, 2012


Women's Rights History Trail (Historic Sites Across NY State)

Leaving from ACES Professional Development Center

Dates: July 23-28, 2012


How History Narratives Change over Time
Kyle Ward

Location: ACES Professional Development Center

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


The Irish in America
Edward O'Donnell, College of the Holy Cross

Reading: Chapters 6

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


Asians in America
Mary Lui, Yale University

Reading: Chapters 8, 10

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


National Archives at New York City

Location: Leaving ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2012
Time: TBA


Ethnic Formation in the Modern United States
Matt Jacobson, Yale University

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century
Nancy Foner, Hunter College

Reading: Chapter 14 & "Introduction," in Foner, ed., New Immigrants in New York (2001)

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


Aquí Me Quedo: Puerto Ricans in Connecticut
Ruth Glasser, University of Connecticut, Waterbury

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


Latinos in the United States
Steve Pitti, Yale University

Reading: Chapters 7, 12

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Resources


The Italian Experience in New Haven
Anthony V. Riccio, Independent Historian

Reading: "A New Life in New Haven" and "New Haven's Garment Workers: Life in the Sweatshops," from Anthony Riccio, The Italian American Experience in New Haven (2006)

Location: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2013
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


The Immigrant Experience in California

Departing: ACES Professional Development Center
Date: Monday, July 8 to Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Online Resources