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The CAC is proud to offer “The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation” workshop for teachers in summer 2020, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Landmarks of American History and Culture.

The skyscraper, more than any other building type, gives American cities their distinctive character. During this week-long workshop, participants will investigate the skyscraper as a physical and cultural construct. By examining tall buildings in Chicago—home to some of the world’s earliest skyscrapers—the workshop will explore how to use all buildings as primary source teaching tools.

Skyscrapers will serve as a lens for studying innovation, urbanization, segregation, labor,  gender and civic identity. We will address such questions as: How did the rise of the skyscraper stimulate and reflect changes in American life? And what do these developments indicate about the future of countries building large numbers of tall buildings today?

Presenters and participating faculty lecturers include: Henry Binford, Rebecca Boland, Robert Bruegmann, Kathleen Carpenter, Douglas Gilbert, Thomas Leslie, Joanne Merwood-Salisbury, Adam Rubin, Paul Steinbrecher and Antony Wood

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), located at 111 E. Wacker Drive, will serve as our base of operations for the workshop. Designed by the Office of Mies van der Rohe in 1970, our building is located just south of the Chicago River, rising above a former rail yard that had been the site of Fort Dearborn in the early 19th century.

Both session 1 (July 12-18, 2020) and session 2 (July 26-August 1, 2020) will host 36 educators in grades 3–12 from across the country. Based on a need for housing, educators will receive a $1200 NEH stipend to defray the cost of housing and travel expenses.

Applications are now open for both sessions.

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Nicole Kowrach, NEH Project Co-Director, Vice President of Education and Audience Engagement
Adam Rubin, NEH Project Co-Director, Director of Interpretation
Rebecca Boland, NEH Project Co-Director, Manager of Schools and Family Programs

Chicago Architecture Center
111 E Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601