Press release from National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Education Programs:
John Hall, a local teacher from ArtSpace Charter School has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 26 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.
John will participate in a summer institute entitled “Scholarship and Performance: A Combined Approach to Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays.” The two-week program
will be held at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, New York and directed by Theatre for a New Audience.
The 25 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of
$2,200 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.
Topics for the 26 seminars and institutes offered for teachers this summer include
A Reverence for Words: Muslim Cultures and the Arts; Abolition and Women’s Suffrage, 1830s–1920s; Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad; The African-American Freedom Struggle from Plessy to Brown; America’s Gilded Age and Progressive Era; Appalachia: Land, Literature, and Culture; Central Asia in World History; Charles Dickens; The Chinese Exclusion Act; Communism and American Life; The Dutch Republic, Britain, and the World Economy; Existentialism; Hannah Arendt; Immigration in California: Literature and Theater; Immigration, Industrialization, and Illness in 19th-Century America; John Steinbeck: Social Critic and Ecologist; Philosophers of Education; Punishment, Politics, and Culture; Race and Mental Health in History and Literature; Religious Worlds of New York; Roman Daily Life: Petronius and Pompeii; Shakespeare; Slavery, Equality, and the Constitution; U.S.-Russian/Soviet Relations, 1776-Present
The approximately 544 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach almost 68,000 American students the following year.