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Loyola Awarded Prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers

Loyola Awarded Prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers

The School of Education will host 30 teachers from around the U.S. to study the history of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era during the summer of 2019.

We hear terms like “populist” and “progressive” a lot these days when it comes to American politics, and some even go as far as suggesting that we might be living through a “second Gilded Age.”  For teachers, this is both an enticing opportunity to teach about our history as well as a challenge: What do these ideas really mean and how do they connect to our present day?

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Loyola University Chicago in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago will convene for a fifth summer its teacher institute titled “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, Democracy, 1877 to 1920.” From June 30 through July 26, 2019, thirty school teachers will deepen their knowledge and understanding of this crucial period through readings, discussions, lectures, inquiries into primary sources, and exploration of landmark historical and cultural resources across Chicago. The institute creates an intellectual space where teachers may contemplate and debate how individuals and groups defined, reformed, and contributed to a vision for American democracy during a period when radically different perspectives often dominated the public political and cultural discourse.  This institute provides a forum for school teachers to explore the most recent thinking about the GAPE through intensive seminars with leading scholars as well as visits to key historical sites around Chicago. Participating teachers work with institute staff to adapt what they are learning into teaching materials ready for their classrooms and sharing with colleagues.

The $200,000 award to Loyola to host “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms” was one of twenty teacher institute grants announced by the NEH today.  “From nationally broadcast documentaries to summer workshops for high school teachers, the projects receiving funding today strengthen and sustain the cultural life of our nation and its citizens,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede.

Charles Tocci, assistant professor in the School of Education, will serve as the institutes Project Director.  Robert Johnston, professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the institute’s academic director.  Michael Biondo, social studies teacher at Maine South High School, and Johanna Heppeler, social studies teacher at East Leyden High School, will serve as the director of teacher supports and the institute’s master teacher, respectively.

More information about the institute and how teachers can apply will be announced on the program’s website in the coming months: www.GildedAndProgressive.com