New York City has so much to offer! While there will be time on evenings and weekends to enjoy all of the city’s shopping, cultural activities, restaurants, and more, the two-week NEH Summer Institute will be an exciting, fast-paced academic journey as the Summer Scholars participate in lectures and discussions with some of the nation’s most prestigious scholars of abolition and suffrage. In addition, Summer Scholars will visit and explore exceptional cultural institutions and research facilities such as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, Weeksville Heritage Center– Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, and the National Archive and Records Administration, in addition to BHS and the City Museum.
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 that are incredibly prescient in 2015 and will likely continue to be in 2016, 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.
Tentative Schedule (subject to change)