Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars

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SUSI on American Politics and Political Thought

Host Institution:  University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute
Program Dates:  June 22 – August 4, 2017

The Study of the U.S. Institute on American Politics and 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.

SUSI on Contemporary American Literature

Host Institution: Seattle University
Program Dates: June 23 – August, 5, 2017

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. 

Participants travel to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. where they participate in seminars conducted by a variety of authors, observe a theatrical production, and visit sites that bear significance in American Literature.

SUSI on Journalism and Media

Host Institution: Ohio University
Program Dates: July 6 – August 18, 2017

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Journalism and Media examines the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society.  The Institute will examine the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, international journalism, and media business models.  The Institute will examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, reporting, writing, and editing.  The program will also highlight the impact of technology on journalism, such as the influence of the Internet, the globalization of the news media, the growth of satellite television and radio networks, and other changes that are transforming the profession.  During the course of their study, participants also observe local media outlets and news organizations.

SUSI on Religious Pluralism in the United States

Host Institution:  The Dialogue Institute, Temple University 
Program Dates: June 24 – August 5, 2017

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Religious Pluralism in the United States examines the intersection between U.S. religious pluralism and democracy.  Employing a multi-disciplinary approach and drawing on fields such as history, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, and others, the program will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States.  Participants will examine the following aspects of religious pluralism in the United States: the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by, the development of American-style democracy; the intersections of religion and politics in the United States in such areas as elections, public policy, and foreign policy; and the sociology and demography of religion in the United States today, including a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs and its impact on American politics and society. 

Participants also travel to Denver, CO, where a combination of site visits and lectures will educate scholars on religious minorities and the Native American experience.  Scholars will also participate in a symposium to exchange ideas on religious studies and interfaith dialogue. The Institute concludes in Washington, D.C., where participants investigate related topics at the Holocaust Museum, the National Cathedral, and other related sites.

SUSI for Secondary School Educators (Teachers)

Host Institution:  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Program Dates: June 10 – July 22, 2017

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary School Educators (Teachers) provides two multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school teachers with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present.  The main focus of the Institutes for Teachers is on content and materials about the United States in order to develop high school level curricula.  To this end, the Institutes are organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization.  Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values.  The program will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.  The four week academic residency will be complemented by one week of educational travel showcasing the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.  Participants will travel to Texas, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

SUSI on U.S. Culture and Society

Host Institution:  New York University
Program Dates: June 3 – July 16, 2017

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, while focusing on the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements and American identity throughout U.S. history.  The program will draw from a diverse disciplinary base and will itself provide a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of U.S. culture and society. 

Participants also travel to New Mexico to experience the American Southwest and learn about the Native American experience, followed by a visit to Washington, D.C.         

SUSI on U.S. Foreign Policy

Host Institution:  Bard College  
Program Dates: June 17 – July 29, 2017

The Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy examines how contemporary U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented.  The Institute includes a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy.  The Institute explains the role of key players in U.S. foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the U.S. public, think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions.

SUSI on U.S. National Security Policymaking

Host Institution:  University of Delaware
Program Dates: Winter 2018

The Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking examines the foundations, formulation, and implementation of U.S. national security policy.  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. During the course of the academic program, participants will visit the Mid-Atlantic region; New York City; Philadelphia, PA; and Austin and San Antonio, TX.


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