Women and Colonization: Early Encounters in the American Colonies





July 11-July 23, 2021 (2 weeks)


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience




Women are largely excluded from the traditional curricular narrative of colonial America. This institute will reframe and expand the customary stories of the four major European powers in North America—the Spanish, Dutch, French, and English—to identify women’s integral participation in the formation and evolution of colonial American societies. Participants will consider how women of different races, classes, and ethnicities encountered one another on America’s shores and their agency within the colonial systems. Throughout the program, participating teachers will engage in lively discussions with scholars and workshop classroom-ready strategies for weaving women’s histories into the classroom. 

Project Director(s)

Mia Nagawiecki; Allyson Schettino

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Kathleen Brown; Laura Chmielewski; Tracy Garrison-Feinberg; Jeanne Gutierrez; Jane Landers; Regan de Loggans; Susanah Romney; Geneva Smith

Grantee Institution

New York Historical Society

Funded through the Division of Education Programs