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Renaissance High School English Teacher Chosen for Humanities Summer Institute
April 26, 2017 – Renaissance High School English teacher Sally Mitchell has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.
Mitchell will participate in an institute entitled "Teaching Shakespeare's Plays." The two-week program will be held at the Palonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, New York and directed by scholars and performers associated with Columbia University, City University of New York, and the Theatre for a New Audience.
The 25 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $2,100 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.
Topics for the 23 seminars and institutes offered for teachers this summer include American Women at War; America's Reconstruction: The Untold Story; Existentialism; Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth Century; From Harlem to Hip-hop: African-American History, Literature, and Song; From Mesa Verde to Santa Fe: Pueblo Identity in the Southwest; The Immigrant Experience in California through Literature and Theater; Johann Sebastian Bach and the Music of the Reformation Churches; Muslim American Identities, Past and Present; Philosophers of Education: Major Thinkers from the Enlightenment to the Present; Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens; The Political Theory of Hannah Arendt: A Public Intellectual in the Public Square; Punishment, Politics, and Culture; Re-enchanting Nature: Humanities Perspectives; Religious Worlds of New York: Teaching the Everyday Life of American Religious Diversity; Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877-1920; Scholarship and Performance: Teaching Shakespeare's Plays; Slavery in the Colonial North; Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderlands Narratives; Teaching Native American History; Teaching the "Long Hot Summer" of 1967 and Beyond; Voices from the Misty Mountains; What Did Independence Mean For Women, 1776-1876?
The approximately 512 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach almost 64,000 American students the following year.
Press release provided by National Endowment for the Humanities