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NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers 2014

Immigration, Migration, and the Transformation of the African-American Community in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Dates:  July 13-31, 2014

Location:  Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem, New York

Immigration and migration movements represent universal human experiences and expressions that ultimately transform societies and exploring these complex conditions offers a critical opportunity to understand the evolving notions of identity, culture, democracy, race and ethnicity.  Yet, understanding immigration and migration movement within the context of black Americans has been far too limited through the narrative of slavery.   It is the global black immigration and migration experience that gave birth to the nation's abolition movement which later transformed into the civil rights movement which in turn opened the door of opportunity for other global communities of color to gain access to the American communities through the Immigration Act of 1965.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of The New York Public Library, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act by developing an interactive three week summer institute of scholarship that will explore the dynamic legacy of black migration and immigration in the Americas through history, arts, culture, literature and digital media.  
As the world’s leading archive on the global black experience, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture provides an unprecedented opportunity for creativity and intellectual exploration.   Drawing upon our renowned collections and geographic location in the premiere immigrant city - New York City - the Summer Institute will work with leading historians, scholars, and educators to provide participants with a comprehensive intellectual experience to enhance their teaching of American history, from 1600 to today, with broad footing in all aspects of the humanities.


Application Deadline: March 2, 2015

Dates: July 13-31 (3 weeks)

Location: New York, New York 

For more information:  | (212)491.2234  


Project Director(s):

Deirdre Hollman and Sylviane Diouf, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library; 

Principal Faculty and Visiting Lecturers:

Kobina Aidoo - Kobina Aidoo is a self-described African non-American. Aside from making documentaries, he is a consultant for the World Bank in Washington, DC.  Kobina holds a Master in Public Policy degree with a specialty in International Trade and Finance from Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he also served as co-chief editor of Africa Policy Journal.
Davarian Baldwin, PhD - Dr. Davarian L. Baldwin is a historian, cultural critic, and social theorist of urban America. His work largely examines the landscape of global cities through the lens of the African Diasporic experience. Baldwin is currently at work on two new single-authored projects, Land of Darkness: Chicago and the Making of Race in Modern America (Oxford University Press) and UniverCities: How Higher Education is Transforming Urban America.
Raquel Cepeda - Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, award-winning journalist, cultural activist, and documentary filmmaker Raquel Cepeda is the author of Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina. Cepeda edited the critically acclaimed anthology And It Don’t Stop: The Best Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years, winner of the PEN/Beyond Margins and Latino Book Award.
Kaysha Corinealdi, PhD - Dr. Kaysha Corinealdi is a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her work focuses on the African diaspora in the Americas, modern Latin American and Caribbean history, and the intersections between race, gender, and empire in United States-Latin American relations. Kaysha received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2011.

Maryemma Graham, PhD - Dr. Maryemma Graham has been professor of English at the University of Kansas since 1998, including one year as the Langston Hughes Professor.  Graham has been a John Hope Franklin Fellow at the National Humanities Center, an ACLS fellow and a recipient of more than ten grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Farrah Jasmine Griffin, PhD - B.A., Harvard (1985); Ph.D.,Yale (1992). Dr. Griffin's major fields of interest are American and African American literature, music, history and politics. The recipient of numerous honors and awards for her teaching and scholarship, in 2006-2007 Professor Griffin was a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
Carole Marks, PhD – Dr. Carole Marks is a professor of sociology at the University of Delaware.  Before moving to the University of Delaware in 1987, Professor Marks held research positions at Duke and Harvard universities as well as teaching positions at St. Lawrence University, Brown University and Williams College.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, PhD - Dr. Muhammad is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library, and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University.  His book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, published by Harvard University Press, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies.
Brenda Gayle Plummer, PhD - Dr. Brenda Gayle Plummer is a historian whose research includes race and gender, international relations, and civil rights.
Holly Reed, PhD - Professor Holly Reed is assistant professor of sociology at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and a faculty associate of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR). Her research interests include: internal migration, urbanization, international migration, social networks, forced migration, and demographic dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa—including Ghana, South Africa, and Nigeria—and the United States.  
Josef Sorett, PhD - Dr. Josef Sorett is an assistant professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Columbia University. His research and teaching interests include American religious history; African American religions; hip hop, popular culture and the arts; gender and sexuality; and the role of religion in public life. Josef earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Harvard University; and he holds a B.S. from Oral Roberts University and a M.Div. from Boston University.
Salamisha Tillett, PhD - Dr. Salamishah Tillet is an associate professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a secondary appointment in the Department of Africana Studies and is a Core Teaching and Faculty member of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. She received her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization in 2007 and A.M. in English from Harvard University and her M.A.T. from Brown University.
Irma Watkins, PhD - Dr. Watkins-Owens is the author of Blood Relations: Caribbean Immigrants and the Harlem Community, 1900-1930 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996). A member of the Department of African and African American Studies, Dr. Watkins-Owens serves as the department's Chair and teaches courses in American Pluralism, African American history, and on African American women and migration.