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NEH Offers Summer Institute for University/College Faculty at Newberry Library

Thursday, January 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee

The NEH Summer Institute at the Newberry Library offers two programs for College and University Faculty: “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Chicago, 1893-1955” and “Material Maps in the Digital Age.” The institutes will take place at the Newberry Library, July 8–August 3, 2019 and June 13–July 6, 2019. The descriptions for each institute are listed below.


Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Chicago, 1893-1955

July 8–August 3, 2019

Stipend: $3,300

What is Chicago's contribution to the modernist movement? This institute will explore Chicago's distinct literary and artistic culture as well as the city's connections to other modernist metropoles. We will consider the dominant styles and guiding aesthetics that characterize Chicago from the turn of the century through the aftermath of the Second World War, asking how Chicago's cultural output during these decades is connected more broadly to transatlantic modernism. The institute will begin by studying the persistent cultural resonances of the 1893 World's Fair, which gave rise to many of the city's key cultural institutions, clubs, and smaller arts organizations. We will then explore what scholars have called the "Chicago literary renaissance" of the 1910s and 1920s, particularly the work of writers who challenged the subjects and styles of a genteel literary tradition. We will look at the interracial collaborations supported by the Works Progress Administration in Chicago during the Great Depression, considered the beginning of the Chicago Black Renaissance, a period from the 1930s through the early 1950s which has inspired a rapidly growing body of scholarship. An important goal of the institute is to develop an expansive understanding of literary history that brings together Modernist Studies and African American Studies. Faculty: Liesl Olson (director), Davarian Baldwin, Jacqueline Goldsby, Amy Mooney, Walter Benn Michaels, and Sarah Kelly Oehler. For more information, please visit the Institute webpage. The application deadline is March 1, 2019 (applicants will be notified on March 29, 2019).


Material Maps in the Digital Age

June 13–July 6, 2019

Stipend: $3,300

The Newberry Library's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography is pleased to announce its 2019 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Faculty, "Material Maps in the Digital Age." The four-week seminar, led by James Akerman (The Newberry Library) and Peter Nekola (Luther College), will focus on the practice of critically reading and teaching from original map documents, informed by the most recent cartographic scholarship. In many ways, reading historic maps is more productive in the digital age. However, the visual qualities of digital map documents do not displace the need to understand them as material objects. These issues will be at the heart of Material Maps in the Digital Age, a course of reading, discussion, map study, and research immersed in the Newberry's extensive and renowned collection of historic map documents and other humanities materials. This seminar will be mindful of how map research in the humanities, and map literacy itself, is being transformed by the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital revolution. For more information, please visit the Institute webpage. The application deadline is March 1, 2019 (applicants will be notified on March 29, 2019).



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