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(MAHWAH, NJ) – This summer, Ramapo College will host a workshop, “The Hudson River in the Nineteenth Century and the Modernization of America,” which offers K-12 teachers throughout the country a unique approach to teaching U.S. history through the humanities, using a place-based, multi-disciplinary approach.

The Hudson River is an American landmark of great historical, cultural and artistic significance, and has aptly been called “America’s River.”  The workshop will focus on the Hudson in the nineteenth century, when the river was simultaneously a commercial thoroughfare, a tourist destination and the scene of dramatic technological, industrial and environmental changes, all the while celebrated for its iconic natural beauty.

Educators will examine works of art, architecture, literature and popular culture by Thomas Cole, Washington Irving and John Burroughs, among others. Site visits and trips along the river are complemented by lectures and workshops by expert scholars.  Participants will work with an expert teacher to develop lesson plans and apply what is learned to their own classroom needs.

Two one-week, residential workshops will be held July 17 – 22 and July 24 – 29.  Forty participants will be enrolled in each session.  Participants are housed in private, single residential rooms on the Ramapo College campus and will receive a $1,200 stipend to cover costs.   Stephen Rice, a professor of American Studies and Meredith Davis, an assistant professor of Art History, both at Ramapo College, are directing the workshop.

For registration and program information, go to Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2011.

Professors Rice and Davis received a $175,114.00 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the program.  The grant was received as part of the Landmarks of American History and Culture program, which offers residential workshops for K-12 educators nationwide.

For media inquiries, please contact Cindy Burns, or 201.684.7226.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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