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 24 – August 6, 2018

The Study of the U.S. Institute on American Politics and Political Thought explores how intellectual and political movements have influenced modern American political institutions and examines currents in U.S. political thought from the colonial period to the present. Drawing upon the American Political Development approach, 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; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; and Washington, D.C., to experience and examine places relevant to U.S. politics and political thought including the Pennsylvania State House, Monticello, and the U.S Capitol.

SUSI on Contemporary American Literature

Host Institution: Seattle University
Program Dates: June 29 – August 11, 2018

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 Los Angeles, San Francisco, CA; 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.

SUSI on Journalism and Media

Host Institution: Ohio University
Program Dates: June 28 – August 10, 2018

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.

A study tour takes participants to San Francisco, CA; Atlanta, GA; and Washington, D.C. where they will have media visits with national press organizations, social media companies, and attend the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference in Washington, D.C.

SUSI on Religious Pluralism in the United States

Host Institution:  The Dialogue Institute, Temple University 
Program Dates: June 2 – July 14, 2018

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; interfaith dialogue; 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 Arizona, where a combination of site visits and lectures will expose scholars to 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

Host Institution:  University of Montana (UM)
Program Dates: June – July 7, 2018

Host Institution:  California State University, Chico (CSU Chico)
Administered by: University of Montana Program
Dates: June 6 – July 12, 2018

Host Institution:  Institute for Training and Development (ITD)
Administered by: University of Montana Program
Program Dates: July 17 – July 20, 2018

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. The focus of the Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. Under the shared theme of Liberty, Equality, and the American Dream, each Institute explores the theme through a different lens while capitalizing on the culture and resources of each location. The Institute for Teachers at UM explores democracy and active citizenship; the Institute for Teachers at ITD examines individual rights and social obligations; and the Institute for Administrators at CSU Chico explores access and equity in U.S. education and society. The programs will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society. The four week academic residencies consist of a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities that illuminate the overall program theme. One-week study tours to different regions of the United States will complement the four week academic residencies. The Institute for Teachers at UM will take a study tour to Yellowstone National Park and Charleston, SC; the Institute for Administrators at CSU Chico will go to San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL. The Institute for Teachers at ITD will visit New York City, Boston, MA before continuing out west to Utah and Nevada. All three programs will end in Washington, D.C.         

SUSI on U.S. Culture and Society

Host Institution:  New York University  
Program Dates: June 9 – July 21, 2018

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 South West and learn about the Native American experience. Following the travel to New Mexico, scholars attend a session with U.S. State Department officials in Washington D.C. and back to New York City for the conclusion of the program.

SUSI on U.S. Foreign Policy

Host Institution:  Bard College  
Program Dates: June 17 – July 29, 2018

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 and one-week study tour, participants will visit several locations in the Mid-Atlantic region, New York City, Philadelphia, and Austin, and San Antonio, Texas.


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