Teaching Conviction, Humility, and “the Facts” in the American Studies Classroom


The Humility and Conviction in Public Life Project at the University of Connecticut announces its 2018 Summer Institute for Early College Experience Teachers:
~ Teaching Conviction, Humility, and “the Facts” in the American Studies Classroom ~

In a time of “fake news,” “alternative facts,” and cries from across the political spectrum that truth is dead, the American Studies classroom is more heated, energizing, and necessary than ever. This UConn Summer Institute on Teaching Conviction, Humility, and “the Facts” will provide an opportunity for teachers of American Studies in the Early College Experience Program to come together for the week of July 23-27 to learn methods for navigating this environment and guiding your students in productive and intellectually diverse dialogues about American culture, history, and politics. While working with leading scholars of intellectual humility, truth & public life, and American Studies, this institute is an opportunity for collaboration and community building among ECE teacher-scholars from around the state. In addition to pedagogy work, topics for consideration and possible lesson adoption may include: the press, visual culture, and the Spanish American War; national apologies & reparations for slavery, Indian Boarding Schools & Japanese American Internment; Fascism and Populism in America over time; WWII, Vietnam & the Fog of War; and the Legacies of Watergate.

Institute Director: Micki McElya, Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. Micki specializes in the histories of women, gender, race, and sexuality from the Civil War to the present, with an emphasis on memory and political culture. Before joining the faculty at UConn, she was an assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Alabama (2003-2008). She was co-leader of an American Studies ECE Workshop in Summer 2015.

Visiting Speakers: We will be joined each day by a scholar from UConn or another university to discuss topics and methods from her or his areas of expertise, including American Studies, Education, English, History, and Philosophy.

Workshop Format: Morning sessions will be lecture and discussion. Afternoon sessions will be small-group collaboration with a focus on pedagogical techniques and curriculum development in consultation with institute leaders and visiting specialists. Participants will finish the week with new classroom methods, lesson plans, and syllabi.

Date: July 23-27, 2018 Expected number of participants: only 20! Sign up early!

Location: The Humanities Institute (UCHI) in Homer Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Eligibility: Applicants must be certified ECE instructors and employed full-time at an accredited high school in Connecticut.

Support: All participants will receive stipends of $750 to defray costs.

Accommodation: We ask that participants be in residence on the Storrs campus for the duration of the institute if at all possible; individual housing and parking permits will be provided at no cost. Breakfasts and lunches provided.

Application deadline: June 25, 2018.

See attached form or https://humilityandconviction.uconn.edu/summer-institutes/ To apply, with any questions, and if you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations, please contact Sandra Sirota, Postdoctoral Researcher, at sandra.sirota@uconn.edu or 860.486.9057.

This UConn Summer Institute is made possible by generous funding from the UConn Humanities Institute, the Project on Humility and Conviction in Public Life, and the John Templeton Foundation.

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