ITD has been conducting academic programs, or "Study of the U.S. Institutes" since 1998. Aimed at secondary school educators, professors, and university students from around the world, the Institutes focus on one or more themes within the discipline of American Studies.
For many years, our Institute for Secondary School Educators brought groups of thirty teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, school administrators, and education ministry officials to the U.S. in the summer. Participants were selected by U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions around the world. The Institute addressed current issues, while at the same time providing enough historical background for clear comprehension of the evolution of American society. The goal of these Institutes was to promote the development and improvement of teaching about the U.S. at secondary schools and teacher training institutions abroad.
ITD's two Professors Summer Institutes were conducted for participants from Germany, Hungary, and Poland. The 2001 Institute focused on Political and Cultural Dimensions of Democracy in America, while the 2003 Institute's theme was Visual and Cultural History of America.
In 2006 and 2007 ITD conducted Institutes for University Student Leaders from Bolivia and Pakistan. Subsequently we have administered six-seven programs per year for groups from all over Latin America, in partnership with the University of Arizona, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Saint Bonaventure University. These Institutes provide the participating students with a deeper understanding of American government, culture, society, and people, as well as the chance to enhance their leadership skills.
In 2012 we began conducting an annual National Security Policy-Making Institute for global scholars and government officials. This six-week winter Institutes provide American perspectives on the topics of national security, international relations, political science, energy studies, economics, defense studies, conflict resolution, and peace studies.