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Bu Invited to Participate in National Seminar

April 29, 2013

Liping Bu, author and professor of history, has taught at Alma College since 1999. In addition to American history, she teaches immigration history and American foreign relations as well as modern Chinese and Japanese history.

Alma College Professor Liping Bu is among 27 faculty from across the nation selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a national seminar.

The weeklong seminar, titled “The Gilded Age,” the period from the end of the Civil War to the turn of the 20th century, will take place July 14-19 at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.

Bu, professor of history and the author of three books, has taught at Alma College since 1999. In addition to American history, she teaches immigration history and American foreign relations as well as modern Chinese and Japanese history.

In lectures and discussion groups, participants will exchange ideas with seminar director Richard White, a Pulitzer Prize finalist historian specializing in the history of the American West, environmental history and Native American history. He is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University, a faculty co-director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and former president of the Organization of American Historians.

The Gilded Age, encompassing the post-Civil War reconstruction in the West and the South, mass immigration, industrialization, violent class conflict, transformative new technologies, explosive growth and real reform, is considered by many historians as the era that created the foundation for the modern United States.

The seminar will examine the era in its own right and explore the larger pedagogical problem of how to teach an era of the past that has so many parallels to contemporary times.

“Strengthening the teaching of American history at colleges and universities is of critical importance,” says CIC President Richard Ekman. “The number of institutions that nominated faculty members who are active as scholars and teachers of this subject is most impressive.”