New Free Seminar for High School Students

seminarRising high school seniors from across south central Pennsylvania are invited to apply for a free, three-week seminar taking place this July on the historic campus of Dickinson College in Carlisle. 

Hosted by Dickinson’s  House Divided Project, the college-level seminar will explore the historic struggle for freedom in the United States. It’s part of the Knowledge for Freedom program, an initiative from the Teagle Foundation that helps introduce students to a series of great texts addressing fundamental questions about freedom, democracy and self-government.   

In addition to enjoying a college-style experience this summer on the beautiful Dickinson campus, seminar participants will take field trips to Washington, D.C., the Gettysburg battlefield and historic sites in Harrisburg. The seminar is free for participants and includes residential room and board. Students will be eligible to receive college credit for their completed course work and will benefit from extensive mentoring and guidance as they navigate the college admissions process during their senior year of high school.    

The seminar and field experience will be led by Professor Matthew Pinsker, a noted author and scholar of the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. Pinsker is a professor of history at Dickinson, where he holds the Pohanka chair in American Civil War History and directs the House Divided Project, which exists to help K-12 classrooms learn more about the American Civil War, with special attention paid to efforts to abolish slavery 

The program is highly competitive and targets low-income or first-generation college students. Applications are due by May 31, 2021.  For more details and to apply, visit or email:

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