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Five Colleges to host second NEH institute in 2015

Five Colleges has received $180,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The funds will be used for the Consortium’s Partnership Programs’ second NEH Summer Institute for Teachers on Native American and indigenous studies next summer, Native Americans of New England: A Historical Overview.

Five Colleges to host second NEH Native American studies institute in 2015University of Massachusetts Amherst historian Alice Nash is directing the project, which will bring primary and secondary school teachers from around the country to Amherst in July 2015. During the three-week institute, participants will improve connections between new scholarship in the field and curricula in the classroom by studying the history and culture of the region’s indigenous peoples with Nash and guest lecturers from the Five College campuses and Native American organizations in the region.

The first Native Americans of New England institute was held in summer 2013, drawing a full institute complement of 25 K-12 educators together to learn and develop curricula for their classrooms. Participants stated the institute made a huge impact on their knowledge of Native American issues, both historical and contemporary.

“The scholarship is finally catching up to other fields and we are in an amazing and fortunate place to be able to benefit from the new works put forth,” wrote one participant about the 2013 institute. “Native Americans are still here, they still contribute, and they still fight.”

This project is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence.