A unique Summer Institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, "Picturing John James Audubon" will bring together 25 teachers and graduate students from the across the country to meet with experts on Audubon, American art, and natural history for four weeks of intense reading and discussion. The institute takes place from Wednesday, July 6 through Friday, July 30, 2011, on the beautiful campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, close to some of the sites where Audubon began his lifelong journey to paint and describe American birds and animals.
The site of the Institute, Indiana Universityís Lilly Library, one of the foremost repositories of rare books and manuscripts in the world, has unparalleled Audubon resources, among them a pristine set of Audubonís Double Elephant Folio of Birds of America.
Three writers are members of our Institute faculty: the world-renowned writer Scott Sanders, author of A Private History of Awe; the poet Dave Smith, Chairman of the John Hopkins Writing Seminar; and the Canadian novelist Katherine Govier.
Successful applicants will receive a generous stipend and will take part in several field trips, including a visit to the Field Museum in Chicago for a behind-the-scenes experience.
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