History Channel Seminar Series

Map of the world from the Tarih-i Hind-i garbi, ca. 1600. VAULT Ayer MS 612.
Map of the world from the Tarih-i Hind-i garbi, ca. 1600. VAULT Ayer MS 612.

The History Channel Seminar Series offers Chicago-area teachers the opportunity to participate in engaging, content-based seminars with local scholars and their peers. The HCSS aims to connect teachers with current historical scholarship and re-inspire them to model the love of learning for their students.

HCSS seminars focus on a diverse range of world and U.S. history topics. Recent HCSS topics include the civil rights movement in Chicago, the Mexican War of Independence, the commodification of American natural resources, the French Revolution, and immigration and citizenship in the United States.

Seminar Format

HCSS seminars are held at the Newberry from 9 am to 3 pm unless otherwise indicated. Seminars include a show and tell component featuring relevant primary source materials from the Newberry’s collection. Participants earn five CPDU credit hours for attending a HCSS seminar.

Program Costs

Registration for a HCSS seminar is free and open to all K-12 teachers in the Chicago area. Registrations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Up to two teachers from each school may participate in any given seminar.


The Newberry is grateful to the History Channel for its generous support of the HCSS and for providing classroom resources for seminar participants.

Registration for HCSS begins September 4th!

For questions or more information, please contact Teacher Programs Staff

View past History Channel seminars

Upcoming HCSS Seminars

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The U.S. Empire

At the end of the nineteenth century, the United States did something it had never done before: it claimed territory overseas. Usually this is treated as just a short episode in U.S. history. But the United States held onto its empire—the fifth largest in the world—for decades. In this seminar we will probe the history of the United States’ overseas territories. How and why were they acquired...

Friday, February 13, 2015
The Politics and Culture of the New Deal

While the Great Depression of the 1930s spelled economic ruin for millions of Americans, it also created an opportunity for ordinary and extraordinary people to remake the social contract between the federal government and its citizens. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others, challenged the nation to conceptualize a New Deal for the American people.