Summer AP Academies: AP U.S. History Academy

Teachers attending this Academy will engage with faculty from Rice and other universities about topics and sources important to college survey courses in U.S. History, and their uses in the AP U.S. History course. The special attention given to using new scholarship to teach historical reasoning skills will include successful methods to teach college-level writing suited to the AP exam. Teachers will be provided with curricular materials including diverse primary sources and secondary readings.

Male student biking through Academic Quad at Rice University

The 4-day academy features sessions run by six excellent professors including Elaine Tyler May from the University of Minnesota on 20th century US culture and politics. From Rice University John Boles will present on Jefferson, Nathan Citino on 20th century US-Arab foreign policy, and Fay Yarbrough about American Indians in the early nation.  Jesse Esparza from Texas Southern University will offer insights about Hispanics in the Southwest, and Martin Melosi from the University of Houston will guide participants through modern US topics related to energy, pollution, and cities.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42502 James Sabathne On-campus 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Instructor: James Sabathne

James Sabathne (MA, NBCT) teaches AP U.S. History and AP World History at Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois. He has served as an AP U.S. History reader, table leader, and exam leader since 2001 and most reently worked as the Co-Chair of the AP U.S. History Test Development Committee. He presented at numerous conferences including AP annual meetings, the American Historical Association annual meeting, Best Practices Night at the AP US reading, and the Organization of American Historians Conference. His publications include: Past Forward: Articles from the Journal of American History Volumes I and II, (Oxford University Press, 2016); Course Planning and Pacing Guide resource for Eric Foner’s Give Me Liberty 3rd Edition, (WW Norton, 2014); Strive For A 5: Preparing for the AP* World History Exam, (Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2013); and is a contributor to Robert Strayer and Eric Nelson’s Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources, 3rd Ed, (Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2016).

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: June 26, 2018

End Date: June 29, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $555 Tuition includes course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $505 if registering by March 26

Late Registration: $605 if registering after June 11

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 26

Agenda (subject to change):

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - James Sabathne

Native Education: The Boarding School Era
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Dr. Fay Yarbrough, Rice University

Fay Yarbrough received her doctorate in American history from Emory University and her undergraduate degree from Rice University. She is currently an Associate Professor at Rice University.  Yarbrough is the author of Race and the Cherokee Nation: Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century, and the co-editor with Sandra Slater of Gender and Sexuality in Indigenous North America, 1400-1850. 

Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Slavery
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Dr. John Boles, Rice University

John B. Boles, the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History at Rice University and recently retired editor of the Journal of Southern History, received his undergraduate training at Rice (BA, 1965) and his doctorate from the University of Virginia (PhD, 1969), where he was a Thomas Jefferson Foundation Fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow; he later held an N.E.H. postdoctoral fellowship in anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of eleven books—The Great Revival, 1787–1805:  Origins of the Southern Evangelical Mind (1972); Religion in Antebellum Kentucky (1976); Black Southerners, 1619–1869 (1983); Rice University and the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (1991); A University So Conceived:  A Brief History of Rice (1992); The Irony of Southern Religion (1994); and The South Through Time:  A History of an American Region (1995; 3rd ed., 2004), University Builder: Edgar Odell Lovett and the Founding of the Rice Institute (2007; revised ed., 2012), Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty (2017); and co-author of Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People (2005)—and the editor or coeditor of twelve other books, including Interpreting Southern History (1987), A Companion to the American South (2002), and Seeing Jefferson Anew: In His Time and Ours 2010s.   He has also written many reviews and articles and spoken widely on history, editing, and teaching, and for years he directed a large graduate training program in southern history at Rice. In 1991 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the Association of Rice Alumni, in 2004 he received their Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 2012 the ARA Gold Medal; in 1994 and 2004 he received the Graduate Student Association Teaching Award. He won the Presidential Mentoring Award in 2006 and the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching in 2007 and 2009. During the spring semester of 2000 he held the Robert Foster Cherry Distinguished Teaching Professorship at Baylor University; in the winter semester of 2005-6 he held the Fulbright-Leipzig Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Leipzig; and in the winter semester of 2009-10 he held the Leibniz Professorship at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Leipzig.  He is a member of the Houston Philosophical Society, the Philosophical Society of Texas, and the Southern Historical Association. During the academic year 2016–17 he served as president of the Southern Historical Association.  His most recent book, Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty, a comprehensive biography, was published by Basic Books on April 25, 2017.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

20th Century U.S.-Arab Foreign Policy
8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Dr. Nathan Citino, Rice University

Environmental History and Public History: Sharing Ideas in the Community
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Dr. Martin Melosi, University of Houston

Martin V. Melosi is Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. He is the author or editor of nineteen books and more than 100 articles and book chapters, including Atomic Age America (2013), and a forthcoming study, The Dilemma of Consuming: New Yorkers, Staten Island, and Fresh Kills. In 2000-01 he held the Fulbright Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris, University of Helsinki, Tampere Technical University, Peking University, and Shanghai University. He is past-president of the American Society for Environmental History, the Urban History Association, the Public Works Historical Society, and the National Council on Public History.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

20th Century U.S. Culture and Politics
8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Dr. Elaine Tyler May, University of Minnesota

Friday, June 29, 2018

Hispanics in the Southwest
8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Dr. Jesse Esparza, Texas Southern University

12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - James Sabathne