2008-08-29 / Community

Local Teacher Attends Seminar At Brown University

This past summer, Eileen Cocchini, a history teacher at Stella Maris High School, attended a one-week competitive application seminar at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The seminar, entitled "The Age of Exploration," was led by Ted Widmer, Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History sponsored the event which examined the origins, character, and legacies of European empires in the Americas.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute's summer seminars are designed to strengthen educators' commitment to high quality history teaching. The week-long seminar provides educators with the intellectual stimulation and collaborative context for developing practical resources and strategies which can be brought back to the classroom. In each seminar, educators work with primary source documents provided by the professors and the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Founded in 1994, the Institute serves teachers, students, scholars, and the general public. It helps create history-centered schools, organize seminars and programs for educators, produce print and electronic publications and traveling exhibitions, sponsors lectures by eminent historians, and administers a History Teacher of the Year Award in every state through its partnership with Preserve America. For more information about the Gilder Lehrman Institute, visit www.gilderlehrman.org.

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