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American Studies Institute Day

Second Annual

American Studies Institute Day

“American Ground”

Sponsored by the Jack Miller Center & the American Studies Graduate Program

University of Dallas
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Location and Times TBD

The American Studies Institute Day is a conference for the discussion of the teaching—especially at the K-12 level—of American literature, history, politics, and civics, bringing together academics, scholars, and other leading figures with local classical educators. What makes this conference is unique is that K-12 teachers ("Institute Fellows") serve as discussants for the papers presented.

Description and CFP forthcoming.

Institute Day 2022

 Institute Fellows

Click here to see information on how to apply to be an Institute Fellow. Fellows receive a $200 stipend and provide substantial feedback on 1-2 papers presented at the conference. Applications are due January 27, 2023.

Comments from previous Institute Fellows:
"I was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the American Institute Day, last March. As a high school teacher, the chance to participate in an academic conference is not something I normally get to experience, and I enjoyed the chance to read, reflect, and hear from other scholars on topics relating to American history. As the chair of the history department at my school, thinking about the American experience and how we should be framing it at our schools was a very useful exercise. I thank Dr. Peterson for organizing the conference, and extending an invitation to me."

"The American Studies Institute Day was an insightful and inspiring experience for me. It provided me with a forum where I share my ideas about American history and civic education and learn from academics and other teachers about important facets of the educational renewal that our country so ardently needs."

"Participating in the 2022 American Studies Institute Day was a wonderful experience. The speakers and papers offered a diverse look into various aspects of American literature, history, and politics. It also served as a great opportunity to build relationships and collaborate with other educators and scholars."

"I appreciated the American Studies Institute Day was a wonderful experience. The presentations were thoughtful and allowed for excellent discourse and questioning, and the opportunity to interact with fellow teachers and scholars was academically and professionally beneficial. I was able to take the experience and ideas from the conference and apply them to my classroom, and stay in contact with teachers afterwards to share ideas, assignments, and experiences."


2023 Schedule TBA

Questions? Contact Dr. John M. Peterson, Graduate Director of American Studies, at