Dear Friends of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project,

I am writing to let you know of two exciting institutes our project is offering this summer for 4th - 12th grade teachers.

We are eager to announce our summer content institute, "Empires in American and World History: Virtuous Institutions or Necessary Evils?" which will take place on July 6-8 and 11-13, 2005. Some have called the United States an empire. This summer institute seeks to shed light on this pressing issue by investigating the rise and decline of empires, their internal dynamics, and their enduring legacies throughout history. We will explore definitions of the term "empire" over time, as well evocative questions such as: Do empires always generate irresolvable social and political conflicts or can they contribute to the breaking down of ethnic, religious, and racial boundaries? Can a democracy be an empire? Can an empire be an effective means for spreading democracy? (see flyer_empirer.pdf for more information.)

Our second institute, "Building Academic Literacy through History," is a six-day institute of discipline-specific literacy strategies designed to increase student reading, writing, and critical thinking skills while teaching the California History-Social Science Content Standards. This year‚s institute will be held on July 20-22 and 25-27, 2005. This is the fourth year our project has offered a history-social science literacy institute. Each year we have added to our understanding of how to help all history students be better readers, writers, and thinkers. (see flyer_literacy.pdf for more information.)

Both institutes will be held in Dwinelle Hall, on the UC Berkeley campus. To view the informative flyers for either of these institutes, or to obtain an application, please visit:

If you have questions about our summer institutes or other UCB H-SSP professional development opportunities, please contact us at 510-643-0897 or [email protected] We are available to design literacy-based history-social science professional development series for schools, districts, or counties.


Donna Leary Codirector
UCB History-Social Science Project
Department of History, UC Berkeley
2407 Dwinelle Hall, MC #2550