Monday, February 15, 2016

Deadlines for Summer Workshops Are Fast Approaching

I've already posted information about the NEH Summer Workshops (application deadline March 1), but I've been remiss in not not let folks know about the Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars. Only full-time K–12 teachers and librarians from schools in their Affiliate School Program may apply for Teacher Seminars but, no worries: if your school is not an Affiliate School, you will be directed to a combined application form--and becoming an affiliate is free.

Gilder Lehrman is a little less generous than NEH--while NEH offers $1,200 to cover expenses, Gilder Lehrman offers a $400 travel reimbursement. But their courses look great. How I would love to spend a week at Dartmouth studying Native American history with Colin Calloway, author of Parading through History: The Making of the Crow Nation and One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark.  Closer to home is "Lewis and Clark: An American Epic," at UM, with the incomparable Elliott West. (Honestly, Elliott is astounding.) Applications are due February 29, 2016. Apply now!

P.S. After reading last week's post, "Helping Students Feel Safe from Prejudice," a friend confided that she grew up hearing "jewed down" and hadn't realized it was offensive. I assured her it is: the term derives from the stereotype of tight-fisted, money-hungry Jews. If, like my friend, you had never made this association, that's okay. Now you know. Especially when it comes to prejudice reduction, I take great comfort in the Maya Angelou quote: "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."

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