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NEH Summer Institute: Early American Women's History: Teaching from the Archives

Rhode Island Historical Society
Community College of Rhode Island
July 20 - July 31, 2015

In this institute, we will explore the subject of access through three lines of inquiry: women's struggles to access particular social, civic or legal arenas in early New England life; our struggles and successes as researchers to access, recover, and contextualize the voices of marginalized women; and 21st-century students' difficulty in accessing the primary sources that tell the stories of these women in libraries and archives.

Through lectures, hands-on activities and research at renowned libraries and archives in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, we will work toward three primary goals: 1:) trace early American women's access into the milieus which sought to deny them a voice or participation; 2:) address the practical concerns of community-college faculty in history and literary studies in using libraries and archives with their students while establishing best practices for doing so effectively; and 3:) explore successful models of collaboration with local libraries, archives, and historic sites to facilitate student access to primary-source research and engagement.

Participating teachers will be given a stipend of $2,100 to help cover travel, lodging, and other expenses.

The deadline for applying is March 2, 2015.

For more information and to apply, please visit:  www.rihs.org/neh

Posted: February 9, 2015
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia