Thursday, February 24, 2011

NEH - Summer Program - For Teachers

Since 1967, the National Endowment for the Humanities has funded residential summer programs for college and university faculty and, since 1982, K-12 teachers. These include two- to five-week Summer Seminars and Institutes and one-week Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. 

1. Participate in an NEH Summer Program
Each summer, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports national residential seminars and institutes for faculty who teach American undergraduates.
These study opportunities allow faculty and a select number of graduate students to increase their knowledge of current scholarship and advance their own teaching and research. Participants in these two- to six-week projects receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses. 
The 21 seminars and institutes for summer 2011 will address the following topics:
  • ethnomusicology
  • American material culture
  • Eurasian studies
  • the Maya world
  • Shakespeare
  • African-American history and biography
  • the early American republic
  • Native Americans in the South
  • history and culture of India
  • English encounters with the Americas
  • twentieth-century American philosophy
  • Walter Benjamin?s later writings
  • Daoist literature
  • modernism in Shanghai and Berlin
  • Roman art and culture
  • religious studies
  • cultural unity and diversity in Southeast Asia
  • sustainability
  • slave rebellions
  • international migration
Many seminars and institutes take place on American campuses; others are held at sites in Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, India, and Italy.
For a list of the seminars and institutes to be offered in the summer of 2011, along with eligibility requirements and contact information for the directors, please visit
The application deadline is March 1, 2011.

2. Direct an NEH Summer Program in 2012

Why direct an NEH summer program?

  • Directors strengthen teaching and research at the undergraduate or K-12 levels.

  • Directors influence their fields of expertise through intense collegial study.

  • Directors join a distinguished roster of NEH summer program leaders.

  • Directors engage with motivated participants from across the country.

  • Directors receive compensation based on pro-rated annual salary.

  • Directors bring distinction to their home institutions.

  • Interested in applying to direct a summer program in 2012? Consult the application guidelines: 
    The application deadline is March 1, 2011. 

    You are encouraged to discuss your proposal with NEH staff, who are available to answer questions and critique drafts. Call (202) 606-8500 or send e-mail to or

    3.  Only One NEH Summer for Seminar College Teachers Related to Philosophy Funded for 2011
    It's a seminar by Gilbert Harman (Princeton) and Ernest LePore (Rutgers) on Quine and Davidson.  The full list of awards is here.
    ADDENDUM:  I've edited the title, since it turns out (as some readers pointed out) that there are two additional seminars for high school teachers related to philosophy that were funded:  Mitch Green (Virginia) will teach one on "Mind, Meaning, and Morality" and Thomas Wartenburg (Mt. Holyoke) will teach one on "Existentialism."  I think that's terrific that the NEH is supporting those opportunities for high school teachers, and that philosophers are stepping forward with valuable proposals.

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