The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Non-GC Events

Institute for Constitutional History Seminar

The ICH seminar is produced twice per year and designed for graduate students, junior faculty, and other educators, in history, political science, law, and related disciplines. There is no tuition or other charge for this seminar. As of now, we plan to present our fall seminar in person:

Topic: “Constitutions in Conflict: Proslavery versus Antislavery”
Meeting Dates & Time: Fridays, October 29, November 5 and 19, December 10, 2021 | 2–5 pm ET
Meeting Location: The seminar will be presented in person at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Each year, we offer two four-part seminars (one in the fall and another in the spring) that are designed to foster a greater understanding of the historical development of the U.S. Constitution. This fall’s seminar, entitled “Constitutions in Conflict: Proslavery versus Antislavery,” will be taught by Professors James Oakes (CUNY Graduate Center) and Sean Wilentz (Princeton University) and look closely at how slavery was defined—and how the debate around slavery evolved—within the Constitution. More information, including the session dates, is available here [].