The National Humanities Center has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of a summer institute for teachers on Southeast Asia in the mid-twentieth century and events surrounding the Vietnam War. Set to take place July 20–31, 2020, Contested Territory: America’s Role in Southeast Asia, 1945–75 will involve thirty-six high school teachers selected from across the country who will spend two weeks at the Center working with scholars of Southeast Asia.
This summer the National Humanities Center is delighted to welcome fifty-nine PhD student participants for its graduate student summer residency program, Objects and Places in an Inquiry-Based Classroom: Teaching, Learning, and Research in the Humanities, July 15–26, 2019. Representing twenty-eight universities in eighteen states, these participants will work with leading scholars and educators from across the US as they learn how to add value to their research by focusing on teaching and learning.
The National Humanities Center has announced the selection of twenty highly qualified educators from across the country as members of its 2019–20 Teacher Advisory Council. These teachers, from school districts in fourteen states, will work with the Center’s education program staff in piloting, evaluating, and promoting resources and programs that complement its nationally recognized teaching and professional development materials.
National Humanities Center Receives NEH Grant to Foster Better Understanding of the Experience of Military Families
The NHC has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a new project training educators with military backgrounds to use literature to improve their students’ and communities’ understanding of the experience of veterans and their families. The grant will help fund a weeklong institute at the Center for thirty educators from communities in North Carolina and Virginia. The participants will work with literary scholars during the institute to devise educational programs for their classrooms and communities to be implemented over the course of the following year.
A one-day symposium for educators exploring the complex landscape of the Transatlantic Slave Trade through archival investigations. Using source documents and artifacts from the National Archives of the United Kingdom, participants learned hands-on strategies for unpacking the layers of this global system.
The NHC has launched the first in a new series of online courses for teachers exploring “Digital Literacy in the Classroom.” In this five-week online course, educators will explore digital literacy through a humanities lens, considering how media has evolved in the digital age, how its messages shape our citizenry, and how this understanding can be effectively conveyed in a classroom setting.
The humanities and sciences are often viewed as distinct and separate areas of inquiry. Yet whether we study history, chemistry, philosophy, or physics, our overarching methodology is similar in that it involves gathering data and constructing narratives—i.e. telling stories. A way of framing our overlap is by seeing the humanities and sciences as (1) guided by evidence, (2) subject to interpretation, and (3) open to revision. This one-day symposium on April 7, 2018 was an opportunity for humanists and scientists to come together to explore our commonalities and learn from each other.
This hands-on session with Andy Mink, NHC Vice President for Education Programs, featured guides and resources in support of disciplinary practice—including U.S. and world history, English language and literature, music, art history, classics, geography, civics, and philosophy. Participants received new digital resources with classroom-ready materials as well as opportunities for new workshops and seminars.
Nancy Gardner and Patricia Matthew, “How to Teach English Literature and Writing in the Digital Age”
How has the digital environment changed the way English is taught at the high school and college level? What kinds of possibilities have been generated and new challenges presented? In this podcast, Nancy Gardner, with the Center for Teaching Quality, and Patricia Matthew, associate professor of English at Montclair State University, discuss the advantages and anxieties that accompany the use of digital technologies to support the study of literature and instruction in writing.
How can teachers help students draw connections between humanities and STEM subjects? In this podcast, Omar Ali, professor of history and Dean of Lloyd International Honors College at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Andromeda Crowell, who teaches science at Orange High School in Hillsborough, NC, discuss similarities in the ways historians and scientists approach the process of discovery. They also consider how digital technologies have made it easier for students to think and act like researchers, regardless of discipline, in a classroom setting.