This is an announcement of an NEH/New Media Classroom weeklong faculty development institute to be held May 22-26, 2000, at Vanderbilt University. The institute is open to faculty from high schools, colleges and universities.
"The Blues, Bluegrass, and Blue Suede Shoes: Southern Culture in the New Media Classroom"
The American Social History Project and the American Studies Association's Crossroads Project announce that Vanderbilt University will host a New Media Classroom seminar funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Beginning in May 2000, Vanderbilt University's American and Southern Studies Program and the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching will lead: "The Blues, Bluegrass, and Blue Suede Shoes: Southern Culture in the New Media Classroom."
Participants will examine the pedagogical potential of new media technologies in American and Southern studies. Our efforts will intersect a range of broader topics, including issues of race, representations of gender, and the search for the "authentic" America. This New Media Classroom seminar will be relevant to university, college and high school faculty who teach history, literature, music, social sciences, politics, and art.
"The Blues, Bluegrass, and Blue Suede Shoes" will begin with a weeklong summer institute to be held at Vanderbilt University on May 22-26, 2000. This institute will allow participating faculty to:
Explore a wide range of Southern culture and American studies resources available on the internet and CD-ROM;
Work with scholars and educators who have pioneered teaching humanities with new technologies; and
Develop strategies for using new media with their students.
Returning to their schools for the 2000-2001 academic year, participating faculty will test the strategies they developed during the summer institute, take part in regular on-line seminars, and participate in periodic follow-up meetings at Vanderbilt.
The New Media Classroom program will involve a diverse group of humanities educators. We believe secondary and post-secondary educators have much to gain from collective conversation about curriculum and teaching. The program will involve leaders in the field of new media education and those who have only begun their exploration. Our goal is to work together to discover ways to make new media resources more useful to a broader range of humanities teachers and students.
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