2017 NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers
“American Women at War”
July 16-August 4, 2017
New-York Historical Society
Application deadline: March 1, 2017
Notification date: March 31, 2017
How did American women experience and participate in wartime—politically, socially, and militarily? How did military conflict shape women’s roles in the nation? And how can examining women’s histories enrich the classroom? Join project co-directors Carol Berkin and Mia Nagawiecki at the New-York Historical Society as we address these questions during our 2017 NEH Summer Institute for Schoolteachers “American Women at War.”
In this three-week institute for K-12 teachers, we will focus on the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II as case studies for reconsidering the American past. As three of the most significant episodes in our nation’s history, each of these conflicts marked a turning point for American women, but they remain predominantly male narratives. Women’s roles receive only token nods and are often portrayed as less significant than the contributions of their male counterparts. Yet the fundamental questions raised by war—about the authority and purpose of government, definitions and duties of citizenship, and conceptions of patriotism and morality—affected men and women alike.
Our cohort of 30 teachers will spend the three weeks engaging in lively discussions with 24 of the nation’s most-renowned historians, examining one-of-a-kind primary sources (including those featured in our brand new Center for Women’s History), and exploring historic sites in New York City to bring fresh perspectives on American, military, and women’s history.
Participants will receive a $2,700 stipend to help defray institute costs, a certificate of completion, and a wealth of primary and secondary resources, including books, curriculum materials, and a course pack.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.