Thursday, January 3, 2008

NEH Summer Institutes for Teachers

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the federal government. Each year the NEH offers teachers opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of Summer Seminars and Institutes. The dates and duration of each project are listed under each title. The application deadline is March 3, 2008 (postmark).

Amount of Award
All teachers selected to participate in a seminar or institute will be awarded a fixed stipend based on the length of the seminar or institute to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses: $1,800 (2 weeks), $2,400 (3 weeks), $3,000 (4 weeks), $3,600 (5 weeks), or $4,200 (6 weeks).

Full-time teachers in American K-12 schools, whether public, private, or church-affiliated, as well as home-schooling parents, are eligible to apply to seminars and institutes. Americans teaching abroad are also eligible if a majority of the students they teach are American citizens. Librarians and school administrators may also be eligible. Applicants should consult the guidelines and application information received directly from seminar and institute directors concerning any additional eligibility requirements specific to the project. Selection committees are directed to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported seminar or institute in the last three years.

How to Apply
Please mail or e-mail a request for application information and expanded project descriptions to the seminar and institute directors listed. When doing so, please include your regular mailing address because directors may send application material through the mail. You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than one project. The application deadline is March 3, 2008 (postmark).

Please direct all questions concerning individual seminars and institutes, as well as all requests for application materials, to the appropriate director. General questions concerning the National Endowment for the Humanities' Seminars and Institutes Program may be directed to 202/606-8463 or e-mail:

Seminar Options

The Arabic Novel in Translation

July 7-August 1, 2008 (4 weeks)

Literary Pícaros and Pícaras and Their Travels in Early Modern Spain (In Spanish)
June 23-July 20, 2008 (4 weeks)

The Great Plains from Texas to Saskatchewan: Place, Memory, Identity
June 23-July 25, 2008 (5 weeks)

The Political Theory of Hannah Arendt: The Problem of Evil and the Origins of Totalitarianism
June 29-August 7, 2008 (6 weeks)

Making Sense of 1989
July 20-August 1, 2008 (2 weeks)

Religion in English History and Literature from The Canterbury Tales Through Pilgrim's Progress
June 23-July 18, 2008 (4 weeks)

Historical Interpretations of the Industrial Revolution in Britain
June 30-August 1, 2008 (5 weeks)

Citizenship and Culture: French Identity in Crisis
June 29-July 25, 2008 (4 weeks)

Roots: Teaching the African Dimensions of the Early History and Cultures of the Americas
June 23-July 25, 2008 (5 weeks)

The Abolitionist Movement: Fighting Against Slavery and Racial Injustice from the American Revolution to the Civil War
July 6-August 1, 2008 (4 weeks)

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
June 22-July 18, 2008 (4 weeks)

Authors in the Prado: Spanish Painting and the Literature It Inspired (In Spanish)
June 22-July 26, 2008 (5 weeks)

The President and Congress: Constitutional Principles and Practices That Have Shaped Our Understanding of the War Powers
July 8-July 19, 2008 (2 weeks)

Poetry as a Form of Life, Life as a Form of Poetry
July 6-July 25, 2008 (3 weeks)

Petrarch and Provence: Between Seclusion and the World
June 30-July 25, 2008 (4 weeks)


An institute for school teachers, typically led by a team of core faculty and visiting scholars, is designed to present the best available scholarship on important humanities issues and works taught in the nation's schools. The 25 to 30 participating teachers compare and synthesize the various perspectives offered by the faculty, make connections between the institute content and classroom applications, and often develop improved teaching materials for their classrooms.

Mozart's Worlds
June 16-July 11, 2008 (4 weeks)

J.S. Bach in the Baroque and the Enlightenment
June 30-July 25, 2008 (4 weeks)

Houses of Mortals and Gods: Latin Literature in Context
June 23-July 28, 2008 (5 weeks)

Thomas Jefferson: Personality, Character, and Public Life
July 13-August 8, 2008 (4 weeks)

Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens
July 12- August 2, 2008 (3 weeks)

Multiple Perspectives on the Holocaust
June 26-July 29, 2008 (5 weeks)

Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York
July 14-August 1, 2008 (3 weeks)

Literatures, Religions, and Arts of the Himalayan Region
July 7-July 31, 2008 (4 weeks)

Winston Churchill and the Anglo-American Relationship
July 13-August 2, 2008 (3 weeks)

Voices across Time: Teaching American History through Song
July 7-August 8, 2008 (5 weeks)

From the Yucatan to "The Halls of Montezuma"—Mesoamerican Cultures and Their Histories
July 14-August 8, 2008 (4 weeks)

Folger Shakespeare Library: Teaching Shakespeare 2008 Institute
July 6-August 2, 2008 (4 weeks)

See for more information and for specific seminar and institute details.

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