LGBTQ+ Histories of the United States




New York, NY and Online


July 8-12, 2024 (virtual); July 15-19, 2024 (residential)


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




LGBTQ+ Histories of the United States is a two-week summer institute for middle and high school teachers that introduces participants to the rich body of recent scholarship covering the span of U.S. history, from early America to the 1990s, and engages sources suited for classroom use, including news media, government records, oral history interviews, literature, and art and photography. The institute is in hybrid format: 1 week online, 1 week in-person. Each day prominent guest scholars join participants for a full day of conversation and hands-on workshops. The institute schedule includes a walking tour and on-site sessions at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, New York Public Library, and the LGBT Community Center.

Institute outcomes will include: understanding LGBTQ+ history as a constant presence within U.S. history; expanding historical narratives to incorporate LGBTQ+ stories; identifying pedagogical strategies and materials appropriate for exploring LGBTQ+ history in middle and high school classrooms; and building a national network of resources and colleagues dedicated to exploring LGBTQ+ history and identity in middle and high school curriculum.

Project Director(s)

Anne Valk; Donna Thompson Ray

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Jason Baumann; Jesse Bayker; Julio CapĆ³; Jennifer Nez Denetdale; Jules Gill-Peterson; Travis Foster; Emily Hobson; Daniel Hurewitz; Channing Gerard Joseph; Jen Manion; Lou McCarthy; Devorah Romanek; Wendy Rouse; Hugh Ryan; Nayan Shah; Sandra Slater; Timothy Stewart-Winter

Grantee Institution

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Funded through the Division of Education Programs