Seeing how the literature of their time failed to reflect the truth of their lives, many Black women began writing to fill that void—to provide more accurate examples of their experiences. And in sharing their stories in fiction and other genres, these authors expanded not only the perspectives available but also began to experiment with traditional literary tropes and forms, offering up familiar voices from their communities and the sound of the streets.
This week-long institute will explore the voices of Black women as they have documented, inspired, and reflected the Black experience in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Participants will engage with literature and poetry, primary sources, and the historical record to center Black women in the African American identity.
In partnership with the Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice at Prairie View A&M University, the National Humanities Center is proud to host the second annual Teaching African American Studies Summer Institute. Open to all K–12 educators, this program will provide an immersive, hands-on learning experience to better understand the approaches and the historical perspective required to create and teach African American studies. Each day’s sessions will include readings and viewings, primary source analysis, and expert scholarship from NHC Fellows.
Participants will work with scholars of African American studies to better understand the complexities of the field and the introduction of key concepts in the K–12 classroom. Participants will create classroom-ready instructional resources and publish them as Open Education Resources (OER) in the Humanities in Class Digital Library.
Covid-19 Policy: The National Humanities Center requires all guests to provide documentation of vaccination (two shots and one booster). If selected for this program, you must submit a scanned image of your vaccination card.
- NHC Education Programs
- Start Date
- Jul 10, 2023
- End Date
- Jul 14, 2023
- Apply By
- Feb 15, 2023
- Decision Date
- Mar 1, 2023