“The California Immigrant Experience through Literature and Theatre,” a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, will examine ways in which the immigrant experience to the United States, and California, in particular, has been represented through literary and theatrical texts. We will primarily explore immigration from Afghanistan, China, and Mexico.
The Institute will be held in San Jose, California from July 13 to 27, 2014.
Selected participants will receive $2100 from the NEH to support travel and other expenses associated with attending the institute.
Institute faculty include: Maxine Hong Kingston, Ping Chong, Luis Valdez, Kinan Valdez, Donna Gabaccia, Kelly Lytle-Hernández, Judy Yung, Sharon Ott, David Terry, Glen Gendzel, Sara Zatz, Matthew Spangler, and David Kahn.
Among the highlights of the institute is a three-day theatre workshop with Ping Chong, an internationally renowned theatre artist known for his work in intercultural and documentary theatre. In this workshop, Ping Chong will guide participants through some of the steps involved in creating a documentary theatre production based on the topic of immigration.
The Institute participants will be composed of 25 school teachers competitively selected from around the country. Full-time or part-time teachers in American K-12 schools, whether public, charter, independent, or religiously affiliated, as well as home-schooling parents, are eligible to apply. Americans teaching abroad are also eligible if a majority of the students they teach are American citizens. Librarians and school administrators may also be eligible. Graduate students may also apply.
Applications are due March 4, 2014.
Please submit inquiries to: CAimmigrationinstitute@gmail.com
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