NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers

In conjunction with Williams College and the Upper Housatonic African American Heritage Trail
(In the heart of the Berkshires)

College and university teachers nationwide are invited to apply for a 2011 NEH Summer Institute, The Role of Place in African American Biography, sponsored by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Williams College, and the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. This 4-week institute will examine African Americans in New England from colonial days to the early twentieth century through exploration of individual biographies and the social history of blacks in New England through five representative lives. The Institute led by Frances Jones-Sneed, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Robert Paynter, U-Mass-Amherst, and Richard Courage, Westchester Community College, will feature guest lecturers in African American history, American history, literature, art history, and anthropology. The institute will be comprised of lectures, discussions, historic site visits, and opportunities for research. The 25 participants will be drawn from across academic disciplines and institutions and encouraged to share their expertise and approaches to pedagogy. Space will be reserved for 3 advanced graduate students.

Applications are encouraged from teachers of a broad range of disciplines. Full-time college and University teachers working in public, private, and religiously-affiliated institutions in the United States or its territorial possessions are eligible; see the application guidelines for complete eligibility criteria. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $3,300 to help defray travel and housing expenses. Completed applications should be submitted to the project director and should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2011.

Frances Jones-Sneed, Ph.D.
Professor of History & Director of Women Studies
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
375 Church Street
North Adams, Massachusetts 01247
(413) 662-5541;

When and Where?

June 13 - July 9 2011 in North Adams and Williamstown, Massachusetts



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