Free House Divided Project Seminar for High School Students Returns to Dickinson College, Applications Open | Carlisle


Dickinson College students can go home during the summer months, but that doesn’t mean the campus will be empty until they return.

In July, the college will host 24 rising high school students from south-central Pennsylvania who will attend a free three-week seminar hosted by Dickinson’s House Divided Project.

The college-level seminar “will explore the historic struggle for freedom in the United States,” said a press release from Dickinson. The statement said the purpose of the seminar is to give students from “underrepresented backgrounds,” including low-income or first-generation students, a chance to learn and address fundamental issues of freedom, of democracy and self-government.

The free seminar includes residential room and board, and students have the opportunity to earn college credit for their work. Students can also experience college life and receive guidance on the college admissions process, Dickinson said.

Applications for the event are open until midnight May 15 and can be found online. Application requires a one-page form, an essay of 500 words or less, a current transcript, and a letter of recommendation.

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Dickinson said the House Divided Project examines the Civil War and Reconstruction, and that it exists to help all levels learn more about the Civil War and the “destruction of slavery, with special attention given to efforts aimed at ending slavery, known as abolition”.

“Seminary is a life-changing experience for students, and it was a career-changing experience for me,” said Matthew Pinsker, director of the House Divided Project and an expert on the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. “Students engage with the powerful stories of the struggle to abolish slavery, which inform ongoing debates about freedom, democracy, and self-government.”

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The seminar began last year and is receiving funding from a three-year, $3,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation’s Knowledge for Freedom program, Dickinson said. It is one of the 20 institutions that host this program.

According to the House Divided Project website, the seminar arrival date for students is July 10, the program will run from July 11 to July 29, and students will leave on July 29. A typical day includes lectures and seminars in the morning, workshops and organized activities in the afternoon, and reading, writing and tutoring discussions in the evening.

The program also includes trips to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.

Maddie Seiler is a reporter for The Sentinel and covering Carlisle and Newville. You can contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at: @SeilerMadalyn


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