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The View From the East: The Federal Government and the American West

There will be a five week National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer institute focused on the role of the federal government and the American West at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, from July 7-August 8, 2014. Participants will work with and learn from Washington-area and visiting scholars including Professor Elliott West, one of the principle faculty members; Professor Patricia Limerick, who will open the institute; and Professor Richard White, who will lecture on and lead a discussion on western railroads. Professor Andres Resendez will speak to the group and lead a discussion on the history and current issues of Mexican Immigrants. Participants will visit and work with staff at The Library of Congress, the National Archives, several Smithsonian museums, the Department of the Interior, and the Mexican Embassy. They will work with the latest digital tools and resources from George Mason's Center for History and New Media, as well as the digital and hard-copy resources of federal government institutions and agencies. The institute is sponsored and financed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and includes stipends for participants of $3,900 to defray expenses for transportation, room and board. The deadline for applications has been extended to March 11, 2014. For more information please contact Richard Stillson at rstillso@gmu.edu or visit http://chnm.gmu.edu/vfte.

Posted: February 17, 2014
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia