Summer 2017 Professional Development for K-12 Educators in the Humanities
Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities offers tuition-free opportunities for school teachers to study a variety of humanities subjects such as architecture, history, literature, music and philosophy with some of the finest scholars and teachers in America. Topics range from African Americans in the Making of New England to Women Making Change at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Stipends of $600-$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs.For information and application instructions, please visit the websites for individual projects. Links are provided below. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.
For a taste of what NEH’s professional development programs hold for educators, please view the short video from the 2016 summer project, below.
Charles McLaurin lecturing at The Most Southern Place on Earth 2016 Landmarks workshop. (WXVT News, a CBS affiliate in Greenville, Miss.)
Summer Seminars for School Teachers
A seminar enables sixteen participants to study a well-focused humanities topic under the guidance of one or two established scholars. Seminars emphasize discussion of common readings, sustained interaction among the participants and the director(s), and intellectual commitment to teaching. The director(s) also advise participants on individual projects.
- Muslim American Identities, Past and Present
- Philosophers of Education: Major Thinkers from the Enlightenment to the Present
- The Political Theory of Hannah Arendt: A Public Intellectual in the Public Square
- Punishment, Politics and Culture
- Re-enchanting Nature: Humanities Perspectives
- What Did Independence Mean For Women, 1776-1876?
Summer Institutes for School Teachers
An institute allows participants to undertake an intensive program of study with a team of scholarly experts. These scholars present a range of perspectives on a humanities topic that is taught in the nation’s schools. Participants and scholars together explore connections between the institute content and classroom teaching. The emphasis is on teaching the specific humanities subject matter and not on pedagogical theory and approaches.
- American Women at War
- America's Reconstruction: The Untold Story
- Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth Century
- From Harlem to Hip-hop: African-American History, Literature, and Song
- From Mesa Verde to Santa Fe: Pueblo Identity in the Southwest
- The Immigrant Experience in California through Literature & Theatre
- Johann Sebastian Bach and the Music of the Reformation Churches
- Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens
- Religious Worlds of New York: Teaching the Everyday Life of American Religious Diversity
- Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy 1877-1920
- Scholarship and Performance: Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays
- Slavery in the Colonial North
- Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderlands Narratives
- Teaching Native American Histories
- Teaching the "Long Hot Summer" of 1967 and Beyond: Racial Disturbances in Recent US History
- Voices from the Misty Mountains
Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for School Teachers
The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week workshops for K-12 educators. NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities.
- African Americans in the Making of Early New England
- The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation
- America's Industrial Revolution at The Henry Ford
- Crafting Freedom: African-American Entrepreneurs in the Antebellum South
- Crossroads of Conflict: Contested Visions of Freedom and the Missouri-Kansas Border Wars
- Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry, and Place
- Following in Ancient Footsteps: The Hopewell in Ohio
- Grand Coulee Dam: The Intersection of Modernity and Indigenous Cultures
- Gullah Voices: Traditions and Transformations
- Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston and Her Eatonville Roots
- Living and Writing Deliberately: The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau
- The Long Road from Brown: School Desegregation in Virginia
- Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience
- Mapping A New World: Places of Conflict and Colonization in Seventeenth-Century New England
- The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, History, and Culture of the Mississippi Delta
- Native American and African-American Educational Experiences in Kansas, 1830-1960
- New Orleans: Music, Culture, and Civil Rights
- The Rochester Reform Trail: Women's Rights, Religion, and Abolition on the Genesee River and Erie Canal
- The Transcontinental Railroad: Transforming California and the Nation
- Women Making Change: Activism and Progressivism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
For information about these programs on the NEH website, please go to Summer Seminars and Institutes.