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Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute
June 10-July 19, 2013
- Daily sessions, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All sessions are mandatory
- Seminars by distinguished scholars
- Assigned readings
- Viewings and discussions of relevant documentaries
- Development of a personal research prospectus
- Graduate school information workshop
- Writing sessions
- Graduate Student mentors
- $2,500 stipend (Students who are enrolled in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program are not eligible for the stipend. They are eligible for transportation and housing)
- Out-of-state transportation costs covered
- Free housing—at International House—and free meals
The Global Black Experience in the 20th and 21st Centuries
IIn the past 100 years, Africa and the African Diaspora have faced tremendous challenges and gone through decisive changes: from colonial subjugation, legal segregation, and social and cultural derision to independence and participation in the global political, economic and cultural scene.
In particular, the second half of the 20th century has seen a flurry of struggles, achievements and tragedies linked to independence, the conquest of civil rights, the Cold War and colonial legacies; while the beginning of the 21st Century has been marked by the extension of the political, cultural, and economic globalization, and the rise of what is referred to as post-colonial and post-racial identities, politics, and cultures. The Summer Institute, with the help of multi-disciplinary seminars by eminent scholars, will help students understand the events and the trends of these past 60 years.
Students will have weekly seminars on how to turn a topic into a research problem and ultimately a paper.
Drawing upon the Schomburg Center’s extensive collections of manuscripts, photographs, art, and other resources relevant for the study of the peoples of African descent, the students will prepare a research prospectus that could be the basis for their senior thesis or a major research paper.
Applications must be post-marked by March 11, 2013 at the latest.