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NEH institute on Cotton Culture [summer 2012]

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  • A.J. Wright
    ... From: U.S. Southern Literature [mailto:H-SOUTHERN-LIT@H-NET.MSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Taylor Hagood Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 8:28 AM To:
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      From: U.S. Southern Literature [mailto:H-SOUTHERN-LIT@...] On Behalf Of Taylor Hagood
      Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 8:28 AM
      To: H-SOUTHERN-LIT@...
      Subject: NEH institute on Cotton Culture

      From: David Davis [DAVIS_DA@...]
      Subject: NEH institute on Cotton Culture
      Date: Sunday, October 30, 2011

      The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Mercer University $185,000 for an institute for school teachers in summer 2012. The University previously received an NEH grant to hold a similar institute in 2010. The 2012 institute will be a five-week course on southern history and culture, titled "Cotton Culture in the South from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement."

      The institute will be held June 24-July 27, 2012, and will allow 25 teachers of English, history, economics, government, geography, art and music to learn about the social structures of the South between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. The institute is co-directed by Dr. Sarah E. Gardner, professor of history and director of Mercer's Southern Studies Program; Dr. Douglas Thompson, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies; and Dr. David A. Davis, assistant professor of English. They will also serve as the institute's faculty, and the institute will include a number of guest faculty experts in southern history and culture who will lead daily workshops.

      "Leading scholars from many of the nation's premier institutions will join Mercer's Southern Studies faculty in leading workshops and classes for our visiting teachers," Dr. Gardner said. "We are honored that the NEH has chosen to fund our institute. In the course of two years, the NEH has awarded the Southern Studies Program more than $400,000, testifying to the intellectual rigor, creativity, sustainability and value of the Southern Studies Program at Mercer."

      The institute will contain three units: "Cotton from Plant to Product," "The Politics of Race, Class and Cotton Labor" and "The Cultural Production of Cotton." Within each unit, the institute's faculty and visiting faculty will lead various discussions and workshops.

      "American school students tend to learn two things about the South: the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. This institute fills in the gap between those two events, demonstrating how they are related," said Dr. Davis. "It also explains how southern history, economics, politics, and culture are connected, so teachers in each discipline can better understand how their curriculum fits with other fields."

      The NEH grant is part of its Landmarks of American History and Culture: Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers, which supports national faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers. The seminars and institutes range from two to six weeks each and focus on significant humanities topics, texts and issues.

      For more on the program, go to mercer.edu/sst/nehhttp://mercer.edu/sst/neh.

      David A. Davis
      Mercer University

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