NEH Summer Institute

A Summer Institute (Residential) for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 6–12) at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in collaboration with Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (CIBS) and Institute of Oral History (IOH)

July 16th – July 30th, 2023

Applications Closed

Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: A Summer Institute


26 May 2023

Dear UTEP NEH 2023 Summer Scholars (Teachers):

Welcome to our Summer Institute for School Teachers (grades 6th – 12th, residential) named Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderland Narratives about Identity and Binationalism. We are excited about your acceptance and interest in our Institute and that we will meet soon.

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 dates are July 16th – July 30th, 2023, in El Paso, Texas. A stipend ($2,200, taxable) will be provided to each Summer Scholar (teacher, participant) to be paid in full (minus any housing costs) by the end of Week Two of the Institute.

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.

In the Guide for Summer Scholars we prepared, we provide answers to some questions as you begin planning for your participation in the Institute. The most current information will begin to appear on the Frequently Asked Questions web page and Travel and Housing web page. Updates will occur every week leading to the first day of the Institute. There are several payroll forms to complete and a biographical note to submit. Instructions appear on pages 11 and 14.

We look forward to your participation and contributions. Indeed, we anticipate shared professional learning and growth across the disciplines and an engaging, positive experience with lifelong colleagues and friendships in the making. ¡Bienvenidos!


Drs. Ignacio Martínez and R. Joseph Rodríguez, Institute Directors
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas, USA
Chihuahuan Desert
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