Wednesday, August 8, 2018
NEH Summer Institute: Frederick Douglass and Literary Crossroads
Good news: the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded me a grant to direct a one-week institute for twenty-five school teachers on Frederick Douglass and African American literary studies. The institute will take place in July 2019.
We'll spend a week discussing scholarship and teaching practices related to Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, select chapters from Douglass’s My Bondage and My Freedom, African American Book History, and visual culture studies.
My colleagues Jill Anderson, Tisha Brooks, Elizabeth Cali, and Jessica DeSpain will lead sessions. In addition, we'll have lectures by visiting professors: Joycelyn Moody, Barbara McCaskill, and Courtney Thorsson. The Institute will receive support from the Interdisciplinary Research and Informatics Scholarship Center and Educational Outreach at SIUE.
I've been thinking and writing about Douglass for years now, so I'm really excited about the opportunity to work on this project that will include school teachers from across the nation.