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The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers


The Institute is held at the Cullman Center, above.


“The Cullman Center and its workshops are an inspiration, a reminder, a challenge to stay focused on what matters in education—curiosity and inquiry.”
— Matthew Hoffman, History and Geography teacher at International High School at Lafayette. 

"Your dedication and generosity to NYC public school teachers are truly remarkable, a much appreciated reminder that teaching is a noble profession. You show that in everything you do.”
— Cinda Becker,  English teacher at Crotona Academy. 


The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers provides opportunities for teachers to enrich their understanding of the humanities in The New York Public Library's landmark building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.  Leading our seminars are scholars and writers who have won Cullman Center fellowships to pursue their excellent work using the research collections of this Library.


Each participant in a summer seminar will receive a $300 stipend and all required books and materials; at the Cullman Center, participants will be provided with private offices, networked computers, and breakfast and lunch each day. 

Space is limited:  Full-time teachers, school librarians, and administrators are welcome to apply; priority will be given to public school teachers, grades K-12, in the New York metropolitan area.    

The deadline to apply to the summer seminars has passed. 


“The opportunity to engage in such a deep intellectual pursuit made me feel valued both as a teacher and a person. No one values and treats teachers better than the Cullman Center!”
—Kim Kelly, English teacher at East Side Community High School. 

“Cullman Center workshops are the very best professional development I have been involved in. They have immediate impact on my teaching. I always return to school excited to put into practice some element of what I've learned.”
— David Wilson, English teacher at Bergen County Academies. 


Special funding for the Cullman Center's Institute for Teachers is generously provided by Helen and Roger Alcaly and the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History.

The Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, John and Constance Birkelund, The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and additional gifts from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Helen and Roger Alcaly, The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, William W. Karatz, Mary Ellen von der Heyden, Merilee and Roy Bostock, The Arts and Letters Foundation, Lybess Sweezy and Ken Miller, and Cullman Center Fellows.


Salvatore Scibona Salvatore Scibona

The Lives of Others: a Fiction Writing Workshop, July 17-21

Monday, July 17, 2017, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
In his novel Underworld, Don DeLillo writes of “[t]he shock of other people’s lives. The truth of another life, the blow, the impact . . . The power of an ordinary life. It is a thing you could not invent with banks of computers in a dust-free room.” This from the point of view of a fictional character he had nonetheless invented. It is a commonplace that fiction writers mostly refashion the nonfictional material of their own experience. Yet the freedom to pursue lives not our own, to invent by describing in careful language, draws us powerfully to go with the imagination where we Read More ›
Saidiya Hartman Saidiya Hartman

The Intimacies of Racial Slavery, July 31-August 4

Monday, July 31, 2017, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This course will examine the experience of enslavement by focusing on the lives of enslaved women. The bodies of black women created the legal foundation for racial slavery in Anglo-America. The womb was the key site in the reproduction of property and the making of human commodities. Sexuality was the heart of power in the relationship of master and slave. Intimacy, sexuality and kinship were disfigured by the extreme violence and dishonor of the institution; and, at the other extreme, the concubines and offspring of slave owners were those most likely to be freed.Read More ›

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