American Immigration Revisited: A NEH Summer Institute

The National History Center invites applications from two- and four-year college teachers for a four-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “American Immigration Revisited,” which as also been designated a “We the People” initiative of the NEH. Maureen Nutting and Alan Kraut will be directing this program from July 6th through 31st at the Library of Congress, with the support of the American Historical AssociationCommunity College Humanities Association, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and the Library of Congress.

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Twenty-five Participants will be involved in lectures, panels, discussions, informal exchanges, site visits. In the evening there will be an optional immigration film festival. All activities designed to help explore four basic areas: American immigration as part of a global phenomenon; migrations between cultures; changes in immigration law, policy, and practice; and approaches and resources for teaching immigration history. Participants will have the option of dormitory housing and each participant will receive a modest stipend to cover expenses during the institute’s four weeks.

This institute brings together college teachers with experts in various dimensions of immigration history for four weeks at the Library of Congress and other venues to explore new approaches to the peopling of the United States through migration. Lectures, panels, and site visits are designed to explore four topics: American immigration as a dimension of broader global patterns of human migration; cultural change through migration; shifts in immigration law, policy and practice; and fresh approaches and resources for the teaching of immigration history. In the evening there will be an optional immigration film festival. A three day excursion to New York City will include visits to Ellis Island, Liberty Island, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Bronx’s “Little Italy,” and other ethnic neighborhoods.

Applications are due to the National History Center by March 2, 2009.