Hello, Ph.D. students.

Please find below the message from Prof. Jane Hooper (HIST), who is planning to continue the reading/discussion group that she initiated last year.

Please note that this group will be a much more substantive option for those of you who have suggested the colloquium should include more teaching-related content.




I am inviting you to participate in a reading group I am organizing this semester. We plan on meeting every other week to discuss strategies for teaching history survey courses. For our first meeting this year, we’ll be discussing Antoinette Burton’s A Primer for Teaching World History (https://www.dukeupress.edu/a-primer-for-teaching-world-history) and for the second meeting,  we’ll read A Companion to World History, ed. Douglas Northrup (the library is planning on acquiring an e-copy). The first meeting will be on September 2, from 3-4 pm, in Fenwick 1014B. If you’re unable to make it to this first meeting, but are interested in attending in the future and want to be kept on the email list, please send me an email ([log in to unmask]). Suggestions for future meeting topics and/or readings are welcome. If there is sufficient interest, we can spend some sessions focusing on the particular challenges involved in teaching the US survey or Western Civ. Feel free to forward this email to anyone who may be interested in attending.

A Primer for Teaching World History is a guide for college and high school teachers who are designing an introductory-level world history syllabus for the first time ...



Jane Hooper


Cynthia A. Kierner

Professor of History

Director, Ph.D. Program in History

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030