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“James McNeill Whistler & the Case for Beauty” in the Classroom

“James McNeill Whistler & the Case for Beauty”
Dr. Kaye Passmore writes and develops art education materials, including the ones for this film. She has taught high school art and art education at Rowan University and in Lesley University’s national outreach program.Read More »
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Participate in “Native Americans of New England: A Historical Overview”

NEH Summer Scholars at Mohegan Tribal offices
As every teacher knows, history is fraught with clichés. One is that history is always written by the victors. That may have been true for most of the 19th and 20th centuries. However, recent developments in the historical profession have turned this cliché upside down, and nowhere is this more the case than in Native American Studies.Read More »
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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center—A “Living Classroom”

Students learning about Ute cultural artifacts
Native American History Month Brought To Life!November 2014 marks the 24th anniversary of Native American Heritage Month, designated to honor and recognize the diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of the more than 5.2 million Alaska Native and American Indian people in the United States. Dedicated 99 years ago as a federally recognized day to celebrate American Indian people and culture, the celebration continues to expand in its reach, resources, and activities. Read More »
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The Headless Horseman rides again!

The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane
"What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night!”Read More »

Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”: Witch Hunting for the Common Core

"The witch no. 1" lithograph, By Baker, Joseph E., ca. 1837-1914
It would probably never have occurred to me to write a play about the Salem witch trials of 1692 had I not seen some astonishing correspondences with that calamity in the America of the late 40s and early 50s. My basic need was to respond to a phenomenon which, with only small exaggeration, one could say paralyzed a whole generation and in a short time dried up the habits of trust and toleration in public discourse. —Arthur MillerRead More »
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