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Re: [SACC-L] NEH Summer Institute on African American Biography: Deadline March 1

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  • Lloyd Miller
    Ann, Mel and Dianne, I think it was a good idea to post this on the listserv, and while I don t know personally the organizer, Prof. Paynter, let me give a
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 31, 2011
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      Ann, Mel and Dianne,

      I think it was a good idea to post this on the listserv, and while I don't know personally the organizer, Prof. Paynter, let me give a brief testimonial about National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars.

      In the mid-1970s, just after I had become dept. director of social and behavioral sciences (a non-teaching administrative position I held for eight years before returning to teaching), I applied for an NEH Summer Seminar under (the late) Solon T. Kimball's direction at the U of FL-Gainesville on American Civilization. While I was familiar with Kimball's theories on culture and community and on education generally, I knew precious little about the topics he was going to deal with in the seminar.

      Surprisingly to me, I was selected. Settled with my wife and two small children in a rented on-campus apartment (in 1975, the stipend sufficiently covered most expenses), I spent half of a summer in the close company of Kimball and eleven others from various institutions and backgrounds in a most rewarding and intellectually stimulating academic experience. The opportunity to work closely with Kimball for that period was itself worth the effort.

      I say this to emphasize that these seminars are not designed to gather people already expert in the topics, but rather to broaden people's horizons, the kinds of experiences many of us believe education ought to be about. The fact that Prof. Paynter asked Mel to share this announcement with SACC members suggests to me that those of you who apply will be given serious consideration.

      Good Luck!


      On Jan 31, 2011, at 11:12 AM, Kaupp, Ann wrote:

      > Announcing an NEH Summer Institute "The Role of Place in African American Biography" to be held this summer sponsored by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Williams College, and the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail in the heart of the beautiful Berkshires in western Massachusetts. The institute runs from June 13- July 9 in North Adams and Williamstown, Massachusetts.
      > This 4-week institute will examine African Americans in New England from colonial days to the early twentieth century through exploration of individual biographies and the social history of blacks in New England through five representative lives. The Institute led by Frances Jones-Sneed, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Robert Paynter, U-Mass-Amherst, and Richard Courage, Westchester Community College, will feature guest lecturers in African American history, American history, literature, art history, and anthropology. The institute will be comprised of lectures, discussions, historic site visits, and opportunities for research. Among other notable scholars, writers, and artists, the institute will emphasize W.E.B. Du Bois who was born in and later in life frequented nearby Great Barrington. The 25 participants will be drawn from across academic disciplines and institutions and encouraged to share their expertise and approaches to pedagogy. Space will be reserved for 3 advanced graduate students.
      > Applications are encouraged from teachers of a broad range of disciplines. Full-time college and University teachers working in public, private, and religiously-affiliated institutions in the United States or its territorial possessions are eligible; see the application guidelines for complete eligibility criteria. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $3,300 to help defray travel and housing expenses. Completed applications should be submitted to the project director and should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2011.
      > The application and additional information is now available from our website http://www.mcla.edu/nehinstitute/ or by contacting Frances Jones-Sneed (f.jones-sneed@...).
      > From: Melvin Johnson [mailto:majohns1@...]
      > Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 11:48 AM
      > To: Kaupp, Ann; dianne.chidester@...; Lloyd Miller
      > Subject: FW: A request to about an NEH Summer Institute
      > Dear Ann, Dianne, and Lloyd,
      > I am forwarding you this email from Dr. Paynter (University of Massachusets-Amherst) about a summer institute which he feels some SACC members might be interested in. Ann, I think this would be appropriate to put up on the SACC website--at least the link to the flier and application at least as news to the membership. Any other ideas Dianne and Lloyd for dissemination?
      > Mel JOhnson
      > "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death." --Mame Dennis
      > ________________________________
      > Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 14:11:40 -0500
      > From: rpaynter@...
      > To: majohns1@...
      > Subject: A request to about an NEH Summer Institute
      > Dear Dr. Johnson,
      > I am an anthropologist teaching at UMass Amherst and am involved in an NEH Summer Institute that might be of interest to members of the SACC. I am an historical archaeologist who has been working for a number of years on the history of African American life in the North. This summer I am co-directing, with an historian and an English professor, a summer institute on the Role of Place in African American Biography. The institute will be held in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. W.E.B. Du Bois was born in the Berkshires, and the effect of this distinctive community and locale on his life will be one of our highlights. I have attached an announcement of the institute.
      > Would it be appropriate for this announcement to be distributed to the members of SACC? And if so, would you please let me know how this might best be accomplished?
      > Thanks,
      > Bob Paynter
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