Frequently Asked Questions

Freedom for One, Freedom for All? is a two-week NEH Summer Institute. In this exciting, fast-paced academic journey, a cohort of 30 Summer Scholars from around the United States convene to participate in lectures and discussions with some of the nation’s most prestigious scholars of abolition and suffrage.

Where will the Institute take place?
The first week of the Institute will be hosted by the Brooklyn Historical Society, located in a magnificent landmark building in Brooklyn Heights, and the second week by the Museum of the City of New York, located at the northern tip of Manhattan’s Museum Mile. We’re across the street from Central Park on 104th street and 5th Avenue.

Will there be physical activity throughout the Institute?
Summer Scholars will visit and explore exceptional cultural institutions and research facilities such as the Weeksville Heritage Center– Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution and the National Archive and Records Administration. Fieldtrips will require a good deal of walking and use of the subway or other public transportation. Summer in NYC can be hot and humid, so participants must be able to withstand walking outside in these weather conditions.

We will do our best to welcome and accommodate all Summer Scholars, but it is a physically demanding program.

Our academic facilities and on-campus housing options are all fully accessible and ADA compliant, although the community-based fieldtrips will most likely include site visits that are not easily accessible for people with limited mobility.  The institute will require extensive travel throughout the city by bus and subway.

Once we complete the admissions process for the Institute, you will complete a survey that includes letting us know if they have any special needs or physical limitations we should be aware of.  Again, we will do our best to welcome and accommodate all summer scholars.

When is the Institute?
July 16 to July 27, 2018

How are the days structured?
Participants are expected to fully participate in activities from 9:00 am to about 5:00 pm on weekdays. Each day, Summer Scholars will be inspired by illustrated lectures to both contextualize the history of abolition and suffrage as well as consider current events, including the justice system, immigration reform, police brutality, disenfranchisement, gender equity, and structural racism. Through the Institute, classroom teachers will learn and discuss, with leading scholars, the juxtaposition of the mobilization for women’s rights in white and black communities. Connecting abolition and suffrage—major topics in American history studied in middle and high school—will raise important questions around the definition of citizenship in the U.S., and how that definition has changed and continues to change. Daily writing assignments will allow teachers to create lesson plans inspired by the lectures, readings, research and visits to cultural institutions to connect what they’ve learned to their own classrooms.

Will there be free time during the day?
Every day will include a midday break. On some days we will use a longer working lunch to collaborate with colleagues and work on curriculum over lunch. On other days, the lunch hour will be left as a break for Summer Scholars to use to the best of their needs.

What will we do on the evenings and weekends?
The Institute will begin with an optional meet and greet at BHS on the evening of Sunday, July 15th. There will be other optional social gatherings on some weeknights. Weekends are free time.

Is there “homework?”
While we do not give assignments daily, there are readings to prepare you for each speaker. You will have access to the readings before you arrive in New York City and you may choose to read these excerpts, in addition to the two full books, before you arrive. However, many participants choose to do their readings in the evenings.

When will I receive my stipend?
The stipend will be divided into two payments. You will receive one half on your first day. The send half will be distributed on the last day, with any amount removed for missed time. If you choose to use the housing we provide for you, the fees will be removed from your first stipend payment.

How will I get around?
Participants will be provided with a metrocard to use the subway.

Will food be provided?
As the schedule allows, a light lunch may be provided during working lunches (see schedule). All meals are the responsibility of the participants. Light snacks will be provided on days without fieldtrips.

Do I need to bring my computer?
Yes. We ask all participants to bring a laptop or tablet with them.

Can my family come to New York City with me?
Bringing family is left to the discretion of each Summer Scholar. We will note, however, that Summer Scholars’ participation in the two-week Institute requires a commitment of time and attention both during the day and during evenings to complete readings and work on curriculum. If you do have family members traveling with you, the Institute will not be responsible for their housing, food, transportation, or otherwise and they will not be able to participate in Institute activities.

Are credits offered for this Institute?
No, there are no credits offered through this Institute.