Summer Course 2013: Making History

July 22-August 6, 2013 | Otisfield, Maine, USA



Seeds of Peace welcomes applicants for its third course for educators from the Middle East, South Asia, and United States. Each summer, Seeds of Peace gathers educators from around the world to address key questions that are at the heart of education for a more peaceful future. Given the central role that the construction and teaching of history plays in conflict settings, this course will focus on the topic of “Making History.”

The underlying assumption of this course is that the past by itself is a relentless and ever-growing swirl of facts: people “make” history by keeping and taking care of certain facts in particular ways, while letting others swirl along or fall by the wayside. The reshaping of collective identity through the process of making history—in schools, universities, religious institutions, youth groups, and in the larger public arena—requires institutional change at all levels of society. It is always contested, never complete. It is at the heart of conflict, misunderstanding, and prejudice—and at the heart of any hopes for conflict transformation.

The goal of this course is to connect, inspire, and equip a growing international network of educators who learn and teach the past in ways that encourage mutual respect and understanding, critical thinking, nuanced historical awareness, civic engagement and leadership, and a more humane, more peaceful future. Participants will learn from an international faculty and staff, including representatives from Facing History and Ourselves; Anil Sethi, Professor of History and History Education at the Azim Premji University, Bangalore (previously Professor of History at the National Council of Educational Research and Training in New Delhi); and from one another.

The course combines the professional and the personal. Participants will share their own perspectives and narratives while reflecting upon how and why they learn and teach about the past. There will be workshops, small group discussions, lectures, site visits, and time to enjoy the beautiful location on the shores of Pleasant Lake. Through cross-national comparisons, participants will explore specific ways that history education orients the learner in his or her community and in the world. Over the course of the two weeks, participants will learn new skills and methods; they will be introduced to new curriculum; they will share best practices. Participants will have the opportunity to share and reflect upon their own work, while creating plans for the future.

This course is part of a larger stream of Seeds of Peace Educator programs that focus on theories of teaching and learning. Follow-up programs will include a workshop in Jordan in Spring 2014 and a small grant competitions to seed project ideas.


Seeds of Peace welcomes applicants from South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan), the Middle East (Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Palestine) and the United States. Applicants may include formal and informal educators who teach history, social studies and civics, as well as those who design and implement curriculum related to these subjects. Informal educators may include those who teach history or historical narratives in youth or community organizations, religious institutions, or via film, the arts and the media.


The session will take place from July 22-August 6, 2013, at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, Maine, approximately 45 minutes from Portland and three hours north of Boston. Participants live in a traditional American summer camp setting located on Pleasant Lake.


Each participant is asked to contribute USD 375, a small portion of the costs for lodging, food, activities, transportation, and airfare for international participants. American participants are expected to cover the costs of their travel to and from Camp. There are scholarships available, and Seeds of Peace will not turn away any participant for financial reasons. Participants are expected to cover the cost of any personal items or incidentals.


The deadline to apply is April 7. Seeds of Peace expects to select approximately 32 participants and will notify all applicants by April 15.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Daniel Moses, Director of the Educators Program, at