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Mesoamerica and the Southwest: A New History for an Ancient Land

Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers

Postmark Deadline: March 1, 2012

“Mesoamerica and the Southwest: A New History for an Ancient Land” is a five-week institute for twenty-four college faculty to explore Mesoamerica and the Ancient Southwest. The Community College Humanities Association supports this institute, during which participants are based in four locations: Mexico City; Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Under the direction of Laraine Fletcher (anthropology, Adelphi University) and George Scheper (English, Community College of Baltimore County), who have run several successful programs on similar topics in the past, the participants engage directly with the “new history for an ancient land,” which looks at the southwestern United States and northern Mexico not as two culturally distinct regions, but as a heterogeneous yet unified cultural area in which deep-rooted regional traditions are linked by a common belief system.  Excursions include trips to Teotihuacán, Tenayuca, Tenochtitlan, Aztec Ruins, Chaco Canyon, and Mesa Verde.  Project directors are joined by visiting lecturers Donna Glowacki (anthropology, University of Notre Dame), Ramón Gutiérrez (history, University of Chicago), Kelley Hays-Gilpin (anthropology, Northern Arizona University), Stephen Lekson (anthropology, University of Colorado), Frances Levine (history, New Mexico History Museum), John Pohl (art history, University of California, Los Angeles), Eloise Quiñones Keber (art history, City University of New York), Kent Reilly (anthropology, Texas State University, San Marcos), Alan Sandstrom (anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue) and Karl Taube (anthropology, University of California, Riverside).  Project directors collaborate with participants on their research projects and curricular design activities. 


Dates: June 17-July 23 (5 weeks)
Grantee Institutions: Community College Humanities Association
Location: Mexico City, Arizona, and New Mexico

About NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers

Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in Summer Seminars and Institutes. Each NEH Summer Seminar includes sixteen participants working in collaboration with one or two leading scholars. Participants have access to a major research collection, with time reserved to pursue individual projects.

Amount of Award

NEH Summer Scholars are awarded fixed stipends to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses. Stipend amounts are based on the length of the NEH Summer Seminar or Institute: $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks), $3,300 (4 weeks), $3,900 (5 weeks), or $4,500 (6 weeks).


NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the project.

You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks workshops) and you may attend only one.

Please note:

Adjunct faculty, community college faculty and first-time participants are encouraged to apply.

Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are reserved for current full-time graduate students in the humanities.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.