15 October 2020
Dear Secondary School Educators,
You’re invited to apply to our Summer Institute for School Teachers (grades 6th – 12th) named Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderlands Narratives about Identity and Binationalism. More information will be posted on the application and process in early Jan. 2021. We are planning for a live, on-site Institute, although remote learning will be considered for the health and safety of everyone during the pandemic.
The Institute is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and will be held at the campus of The University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, Texas).
The institute will be held July 18th - August 1, 2021. A stipend (taxable) will be provided to each summer scholar.
We developed Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert in an effort to reframe our national discourse about the ways in which we see and talk about the U.S.–México borderlands and its binational populations.
Leading experts and award-winning scholars will contribute to our NEH Institute. In conjunction with inquiry-based activities centered in the classroom, invited scholars will also take part in several pre-planned field trips to local archives and repositories, historical sites, and cultural venues.
We believe it is important, especially for young adults, to understand and recognize the role that these marginal spaces and its populations have played in U.S. history and literature.
Three essential questions will guide our discussions during our time together:
The learning outcomes for our Institute are as follows:
We invite you to submit your complete e-application once the application opens in Jan. 2021 and BEFORE the deadline, which is March 1st, 2021.
A committee, which includes former teacher participants (Summer Scholars) and professors, will be evaluating each applicant’s eligibility and application materials submission.
We look forward to reviewing your complete application before the deadline. The notification letters for all applicants will be sent, via email, by March 31st, 2021.
Ignacio Martínez (Principal Investigator; 2021 Summer Institute, Codirector)
Assistant Professor, Department of History
The University of Texas at El Paso
R. Joseph Rodríguez, Ph.D. (2021 Summer Institute, Codirector)
Faculty, Division of Graduate and Professional Studies
St. Edward’s University