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NEH Sponsors 27 Summer Institutes for School Teachers

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2000 -- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is sponsoring 27 institutes for school teachers this summer at universities and other educational institutions throughout the nation. Each institute is on a different topic in literature and history and is directed by a professor who is a recognized expert on the topic.

NEH summer institutes help English, history and foreign language teachers deepen their knowledge of the subjects they teach, provide them with new teaching material, and often inspire in them a renewed enthusiasm for their calling.

"To encourage ongoing professional growth for the nation's talent pool of dedicated teachers, the National Endowment for the Humanities every summer sponsors a number of institutes for school teachers from around the country," said NEH Chairman William R. Ferris. "We all remember the English or history teacher who got us excited about learning, who stretched our minds with new ideas, who helped nurture our interests and talents. It is important that teachers have first-rate opportunities to spend time studying with an expert in their subject and sharing ideas with other teachers in their field."

By providing rich, collegial study opportunities for teachers, NEH reaches thousands of high school students who each year benefit from their teachers' own adventures in ideas.

The complete list of this summer's NEH programs for school teachers is online at www.neh.gov.

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About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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