NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers
NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers at the New-York Historical Society
“Race and Politics in the American Civil War”
July 13-25, 2014
Application Deadline: March 4, 2014
“Nearly a century and a half after its conclusion, the Civil War remains the central event in American history,” asserts historian Eric Foner (institute faculty member) in the introduction to Harold Holzer and the New-York Historical Society’s 2013 book, The Civil War in 50 Objects. “The reasons for the war’s continued relevance lie…in the fact that it raised so many questions that remain fundamental to Americans’ understanding of themselves as a nation. What are the concrete meanings of freedom and equality? Who is entitled to American citizenship? What should be the balance of power between local authority and the national government?” Join project co-directors Harold Holzer and Mia Nagawiecki as we address these questions and more during our 2014 NEH Teacher Institute “Race and Politics in the American Civil War.”
This two-week institute for K-12 teachers will run from the evening of Sunday, July 13 through Friday, July, 25, 2014, at the New-York Historical Society, New York’s oldest museum. Thirty teachers along with the project directors will engage in lively discussion with some of the nation’s best-known historians, investigate and interrogate one-of-a-kind primary sources (including artifacts, works of art, and documents), and explore historic sites in New York City to discern fresh perspectives and understand the most up-to-date scholarship on the history of the Civil War.
Participants will receive a $2,100 stipend to help defray institute costs, a certificate of completion, and a wealth of primary and secondary resources, including books, films, curriculum materials, and a course pack.
Read on to learn more details about the project, including participant expectations and application instructions. We hope to see you in July!
“Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”