Education

Beyond February: Hip Hop and the African American Experience

July 5–9, 2021 at the National Humanities Center

“Beyond February” is a five-day summer institute for humanities educators from all levels to explore how hip hop may be used in the classroom to help students access the African American experience. 

Drawing on the new record I Used to Love to Dream by A.D. Carson, performance artist and assistant professor of Hip-Hop and the Global South in the Department of Music at the University of Virginia, we will explore the ways that lyrics, music, beats, and cultural context combine to reveal personal and community understandings.

Participants will work with Carson and other noted musicians, writers, and scholars in the intellectual lab space of the National Humanities Center as they learn how to analyze hip hop songs with a critical focus on social, historical, political, literary, and contemporary issues. With most curricula and textbooks heavily weighted to address these topics during Black History Month in February, this institute will provide clear connections between music and experience that can extend beyond those twenty-eight days.

A.D. Carson
A.D. Carson, University of Virginia. Photo by Kyle Petrozza.

Work will be shared through the Humanities in Class Digital Library, giving participants a chance to create and modify their own instructional materials. These curricular materials will also be featured in Fulcrum and hosted by the University of Michigan Press.

Participants

The institute is intended for teachers, curriculum leaders, and education influencers at K–12 public and independent schools as well as graduate students, instructors, professors, and education influencers at community colleges and universities. Our focus will be on providing resources to help create a more inclusive classroom and curriculum for students at all levels.

Tuition

Tuition fee of $1,395 includes all course materials and equipment, daily meals, lodging for five nights, and local transportation. The National Humanities Center will certify 45 CEU hours.

Scholarship Information

Several scholarships are available to cover tuition costs for “Beyond February.” Scholarships cover the full tuition, but do not cover airfare or travel costs.

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Educator Scholarship will be awarded to an educator currently teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC).
  • Charlottesville City Educator Scholarship will be awarded to an educator currently teaching in the CCS system (VA).
  • Decatur Educator Scholarship will be awarded to an educator currently teaching in Decatur Public Schools (IL).
  • District of Columbia Educator Scholarship will be awarded to an educator currently teaching in the DCPS system.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District Educator Scholarship will be awarded to an educator currently teaching in the LAUSD system.
  • NHC Teacher Advisory Council Scholarship will be awarded to a past or present member of the TAC.
  • North Carolina Early Career Educator Scholarship will be awarded to an educator currently teaching in North Carolina in years 1–3 of their career.
  • North Carolina Music Educators Association Scholarship will be awarded to an active NCMEA member currently employed as an educator in North Carolina.
  • Philadelphia Educator Scholarship will be awarded to an educator currently in the School District of Philadelphia (PA).
  • Virginia Educator Scholarship will be awarded to two educators currently employed in a public or independent school in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
To be considered, please submit the following documents, in order, within one PDF file. Please title your PDF “Your Last Name, BF Scholarship” and submit by email to edadmin@nationalhumanitiescenter.org. Indicate which scholarship you are applying for in the statement of interest.

  1. Statement of interest (1 page maximum)
  2. Support letter from advisor or supervisor
  3. Current CV or résumé (2 pages maximum)

Applications for each scholarship are due by March 1, 2021 at 8:00pm EDT and will be reviewed by the NHC staff. Announcements will be made no later than April 1, 2021.

Register Now