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Two Renaissance High English Teachers Earn Seminar Positions in NYC

Sally Mitchell May 25, 2018 – Two Renaissance High School English teachers will spend time in New York City this summer studying intensive seminars with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar program.


Attendees of the NEH Summer Scholar program are chosen from a national applicant pool to attend one of 32 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.


Sally Mitchell, attending her second program in as many years, is participating in the “Freedom for One, Freedom for All? Abolition and Woman Suffrage, 1830s-1920s” institute. The 2-week program will be held at Brooklyn Historical Society and the Museum of the City of New York and directed by Emily Potter-Ndiaye and Franny Kent, in collaboration with Lead Scholar, Dr. Deborah Gray White.


James LeDoux will participate in the “Scholarship and Performance: Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays” institute. This 2-week program is hosted at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, NY and directed by Victoria Barclay of the Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), in collaboration with Shakespeare scholars Julie Crawford and Mario DiGangi, along with teaching artists Claudia Zelevansky and Krista Apple.


The 30 teachers selected to participate in these two programs each receive a stipend of $2,100 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

James LeDoux


Topics for the 32 seminars and institutes offered for teachers this summer include:

  • Addiction in American History
  • America's Reconstruction: The Untold Story
  • A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts
  • The Civil Rights Movement: Grass Roots Perspectives
  • The Cold War through the Collections of the Intrepid Museum
  • Common Ground: Americans and Their Land During The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Communism and American Life
  • The Company Town at Seabrook Farms, NJ: Internment, Migration, and Resettlement in the WWII Era
  • Contested Territory of Vietnam
  • Courting Liberty: Slavery and Equality Under the Constitution, 1770-1870
  • Enduring Legacies of the Global Mongol Empire
  • Flu! The 1918 Spanish Influenza in U.S. and World History
  • Folger Shakespeare Library's Teaching Shakespeare Institute
  • Freedom for One, Freedom for All? Abolition and Woman Suffrage, 1830s – 1920s
  • John Steinbeck: Social Critic and Ecologist
  • The Long Civil Rights Movement
  • Moby-Dick and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age
  • The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, History, and Culture of the Mississippi Delta
  • Muslim American History and Life
  • The Power of Place: Land and Peoples in Appalachia
  • Punishment, Politics, and Culture
  • Reading Material Maps in the Digital Age
  • Religious Landscapes of Los Angeles
  • Religious Worlds of New York: Teaching the Everyday Life of American Religious Diversity
  • Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences
  • Roman Daily Life in Petronius and Pompeii
  • Scholarship and Performance: Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays
  • Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience
  • "Stony the Road We Trod...": Exploring Alabama's Civil Rights Legacy
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Public and Private Worlds of Monticello and the University of Virginia
  • Voices from the Misty Mountains and the Power of Storytelling: Appalachian Culture and History
  • Why Literature Matters: Voices from Nineteenth-Century Britain and America


The approximately 862 NEH Summer Scholars participating in these programs of study will teach almost 128,000 American students the following year.  


Press release provided by National Endowment for the Humanities