NEH Summer Seminar for Teachers: The Frontier Experience in the American Midwest

Venue: Illinois College

Location: Jacksonville, Illinois, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 26, 2011 End Date/Time: Jul 23, 2011
Registration Date: Mar 01, 2011
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Illinois College is now accepting applications from K-12 educators for a four-week Summer Seminar funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The seminar, specially designated as a “We the People” project of the NEH, encourages and strengthens the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture. The theme of the Seminar, which will take place at Illinois College from June 26 to July 23, is “The Frontier Experience in the American Midwest.”

Eligible applicants include public and private school teachers, librarians, home school teachers and others involved in full-time K-12 education. Additionally, graduate students who intend to become K-12 teachers may apply. Up to 16 applicants will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications must be postmarked by March 1.

Participants will be housed on campus, receive a stipend of $3,300 for their participation in the seminar, and with advance approval from their school district, may receive Continuing Professional Development Units for this participation.

Dr. James Davis, scholar in residence and emeritus professor of history and geography at Illinois College, will lead the seminar. The seminar will include readings, discussions, videos, guest lectures, presentations by participants and several off-campus trips. The off-campus trips include travel to the “French Country” of southwestern Illinois, Cahokia Mounds, the Lewis and Clark historic site, St. Louis, New Philadelphia and sites in and around Springfield and Jacksonville.

The seminar will be patterned after similar, highly successful Summer Seminars that Davis directed in 2003 and 2009. A description of the 2009 seminar and the lesson plans that participating teachers developed during that seminar can be accessed at Davis is the author of Frontier Illinois (Indiana University Press) and Dreams to Dust (University of Nebraska Press) as well as Frontier America. He received an NEH Summer Research Stipend in 1985 to research Dreams to Dust and received NEH grants to study Russian art, architecture and history for six weeks in Russia during the summers of 1992 and 1994. He is a two-time recipient of the college’s Harry Joy Dunbaugh Distinguished Professor Award (1981,1993), for which Illinois College students select their most highly-regarded teachers.

For more information about the upcoming Summer Seminar, please visit the website at or contact Davis at or at 217.245.3426.

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to academic excellence and providing opportunities for experiential learning that prepare students for lifelong success.


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