Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars

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The Institute on Contemporary American Literature
Hosted by: University of Louisville
Program Dates: June 19 – August 1, 2014

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Contemporary American Literature surveys contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres and investigates how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary American society and culture. Seminars, lectures, and discussions address broad themes such as: the transition from modernism to postmodernism; questions of race, history and identity; and cultural scripting and rescripting. In investigating these topics, participants are exposed not only to the present diversity of the American literary landscape but to writers who represent a departure from that tradition and are establishing new directions for American literature. 

A study tour takes participants to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM; San Francisco, CA; Cincinnati, OH; and Washington, D.C. where they participate in seminars conducted by a variety of authors, attend a theatrical production, and visit sites related to their assigned readings.
 

The Institute on Journalism and Media
Hosted by: Ohio University 
Program Dates: June 19 – August 1, 2014

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Journalism and Media examines the unique role that the media plays in American society and government. The Institute includes lectures and discussions on various themes such as media, ethics and society; the legal framework for press freedoms; the roles and responsibilities of journalism in a democracy; and media business models in an era of technological change. The Institute dedicates time on pedagogy and improving journalism curriculum design; such sessions include teaching media ethics, designing a student run newscast, and developing workshops for professional journalists. During the course of their study at Ohio University, participants also observe local media outlets and news organizations in Athens, OH.
 
The academic program is complemented by a study tour during which participants have the opportunity to visit ABC and CBS affiliates in Cleveland, OH, and a major radio station and production company in Pittsburgh, PA. In Atlanta, GA, participants visit the CNN International Newsroom. The Institute concludes in Washington, D.C., where participants meet with executives from Voice of America and WorldNet as well as visit national monuments and historical landmarks.

The Institute on Religious Pluralism in the United States
Hosted by: The University of California, Santa Barbara 
Program Dates: June 21 – August 3, 2014

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Religious Pluralism in the United States examines the intersection between U.S. religious pluralism and democracy. The Institute explores both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States and the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by, the development of American-style democracy. The Institute also examines the intersections of religion and politics and includes a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs and its impact on American politics and society.  Participants have an opportunity to share their perspectives on the study of religion and to investigate the history and sociology of American religion and the many religious majority and minority groups in the country. Participants visit local places of worship and examine films to provide context to classroom discussion. In addition, participants work with university faculty to develop, conduct, and present a related research project.

Participants also travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, where they visit the Church History Museum and attend a panel discussion on religious minorities in Mormon populated areas. In Atlanta, the participants visit a Jewish Synagogue, Hindu Temple and Islamic Mosque, as well as Georgia State University to discuss Southern religions. The Institute concludes in Washington, D.C., where participants investigate related topics at the Holocaust Museum, the National Cathedral and other related sites.

The Institute for Secondary School Educators (Teachers)
Hosted by:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Program Dates: June 21 – July 31, 2014

The Institute for Secondary School Educators (Teachers)
Hosted by:  University of Montana
Program Dates: May 28 – July 1, 2014 The Institute for Secondary School Educators (Administrators)
Hosted by: California State University, Chico 
Program Dates: June 4 – July 10, 2014

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary School Educators provides three multinational groups of 20 experienced and highly-motivated secondary school educators* with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present in order to enhance the scope and depth of the participants’ own secondary school courses. The Institute examines political, economic, and cultural issues in America as well as current trends in secondary education. Participants also have the opportunity to visit sites relevant to U.S. history and prominent Americans they are teaching about in their home countries. During the Institute, each participant will use their experiences to develop new lesson plans, training materials, or academic articles.
 
Participants at the Institute hosted by the University of Illinois will complete the four-week academic residency with a study tour to Boston, MA, Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA where they will explore the themes of immigration, acculturation, and opportunity.  Participants at the Institute hosted by the University of Montana will partake in an integrated study tour to Georgia, South Carolina, and finally Washington, DC.  The participants at the Institute hosted by the California State University, Chico (CSU) will engage in a study tour that includes experiential learning opportunities in Chicago and Washington, D.C.  Each of the study tours showcases the rich cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.
 
*This includes teachers, teacher trainers, textbook writers, curriculum developers and education ministry officials. 

The Institute on U.S. Culture and Society
Hosted by: New York University 
Program Dates: June 7 – July 20, 2014

The Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. Culture and Society provides a group of foreign scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values and institutions. The Institute examines the ethnic, racial, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested themselves in U.S. society, and the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements throughout U.S. history. The program draws from a diverse disciplinary base, and provides a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of U.S. culture and society. It includes more than 60 different speakers and panelists drawn from leading universities, political organizations, the media, labor unions, business and the arts. 
             
Participants also travel to New England, Arizona, and Washington, D.C. – three demographically and geographically diverse areas of the country.

The Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy
Hosted by: Bard College
Program Dates: June 21 – August 3, 2014

The Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy examines the evolution of U.S. foreign policy from the founding of the United States to today.  The Institute examines U.S. philosophical traditions, institutions, and the individuals who have shaped U.S. foreign policy.  Participants explore the relationship between U.S. policies and domestic political, social, and economic forces. The academic program is at Bard College’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus and is complimented by sessions in New York and Washington, D.C.  The program also includes seminars on the United States’ interaction with international organizations.

The Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking
Hosted by: Institute for Training and Development, Amherst, Massachusetts 
 Program Dates: March 7 – April 19, 2014

The Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking examines the foundations and formulation of U.S. national security policy, with specific emphasis the post-Cold War era and in the context of the ongoing war against terrorism. Participants explore continuity and change in U.S. national security policy, examining how U.S. national security policy has dealt with specific areas of concern over time, for example nuclear proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, and combating international terror networks. Utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach, the program examines the various historical, geographic, economic, cultural, and political factors involved in setting U.S. national security policy.

Participants deepen their understanding of the topic by taking study tours to San Diego, CA; New York City; Boston and Washington D.C., where they visit sites of historical significance and meet with professionals in the field.

The Institute on U.S. Political Thought
Hosted by: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
Program Dates:  June 19 – August 1, 2014

The Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. Political Thought examines major currents in U.S. political thought from the colonial period to the present.  It explores the shaping of American identity and the intersection and interplay between that identity and U.S. history and politics.  The institute is organized around two interrelated questions:  How has a system of ordered liberty founded in the nineteenth century survived through two centuries of social and political change; and how is that system functioning today.  The Institute provides an overview of the country's democratic founding, and discussions of race, religion, immigration, gender, and civil rights weave together a stronger understanding of the development of American political thought.  The academic program consists of discussions with practicing politicians and policy makers as well as lecture and seminar style instruction. Participants travel to Boston; New York; Gettysburg, PA; Charlottesville, VA; and Washington, D.C., to experience and examine places relevant to U.S. political thought including Brooklyn City Hall, the Pennsylvania State House, Monticello, and the U.S Capitol.

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