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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, MSEd - Director of Education & The Junior Scholars Program, Schomburg Center 

Sylviane Diouf, PhD - Director of the Lapidus Center the Historical Analysis of Trans-Atlantic Slavery; Director of the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute; and Curator of Digital Collections