Summer Institute on Westward Expansion and the Constitution in the Early American Republic, 13–24 June 2016, Oklahoma, United States

Publish Date: Jan 18, 2016

Deadline: Mar 01, 2016

Event Dates: from Jun 13, 2016 12:00 to Jun 24, 2016 12:00

We would like to invite applications to participate in a two-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on “Westward Expansion and the Constitution in the Early American Republic” in Norman, Oklahoma, from June 13–24, 2016. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 1.

Jointly sponsored by the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage and the Department of History at the University of Oklahoma, this Summer Institute will explore the social, cultural, and political dimensions of American westward expansion through the lens of the U.S. Constitution and the struggles over its interpretation between the American Revolution and the conclusion of the Mexican-American War in 1848.

The Institute will feature several leading scholars of the early republic—Alan Taylor, Peter Onuf, Fay Yarbrough, Amy Greenberg, Lindsay Robertson, and Peter Kastor—and will include trips to cultural attractions and historical collections unique to Oklahoma, such as the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. All participants will receive a $2,100 stipend to offset travel, accommodations, and other costs of attendance.


Participants in this program will receive a taxable stipend of $2,100, payable in two installments of $1,050 at the beginning and end of the institute. This stipend is intended to help cover the costs of transportation, housing, meals, and supplies.


Travel to and from Norman, Oklahoma, through the Will Rogers International Airport in Oklahoma City is both affordable and convenient. Will Rogers offers direct flights to and from many major cities (e.g., Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Washington, D.C., and New York) and is about thirty minutes from the OU campus.

(Airport code: OKC)

  • Book a ride from the airport to campus through Airport Express's Website Here. (estimated $38)
  • Or find a rental car Here.

Driving directions:

Northbound I-35:

  • Head south on Exit 108B toward Lindsay St 
  • Turn left onto W Lindsey Street
  • Turn right onto Elm Ave
  • Turn left onto Hoover St
  • Take first right onto Maple
  • Arrive at University Housing for check-in: 1775 Maple Ave., Cottage 402

Southbound I-35:

  • Head northeast and take Exit 108B
  • Keep left at the fork and follow signs for Lindsey St and merge onto E Lindsey St
  • Turn Right onto Elm Ave
  • Turn left onto Hoover St
  • Take first right onto Maple
  • Arrive at University Housing for check-in: 1775 Maple Ave., Cottage 402


Traditions East is an exclusive upperclass-student living apartment complex that is rented out through the University in the summer time. A block of empty units have been reserved on first-come, first-serve basis to Institute attendees. The rate will be $38 per night per bedroom (units grouped by gender). Its proximity to campus makes it a convenient place to live with easy access to features such as CART bus stops and bike paths.

Opt-in guests will also have access to free wireless Internet, cable television, and passes to the state-of-the-art Huston Huffman fitness facility. All units are furnished and will supply linens & basic cooking and eating utensils. Laundry detergent, towels, and other essentials will need to be brought. Other hotel options in Norman range from $60 to $110 per night. 


There are numerous dining options near and around campus. Please see the Norman Visitor's restaurant page found here:

  • Couch Cafeteria is located a short distance from the Tradition East housing. The cafeteria includes a cereal and salad bar, all-you-can-eat buffet, Chick-Fil-A and all types of food (though summer menu is often limited and not promising the full range of options).

Summer Hours of Operation

(includes special Institute discounted prices)

(Breakfast $5.75) Monday - Sunday 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.

(Lunch $6.75) Monday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

(Dinner $7.50) Monday - Sunday 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m

  • Historic Campus Corner sits at the far north side of campus includes shopping and restaurants of all sorts. Visit their website here:


Our website contains a more detailed description of the material to be covered, a daily schedule, and faculty profiles: please visit A downloadable flyer can be found at Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions. We look forward to your applications, postmarked by March 1, 2016.

Application Instructions and Guidance for NEH Summer Institute

Before you attempt to complete an application you must read the eligibility requirements for NEH summer seminar participants. Please be sure that you have also read all the material on this website and the "Application Information and Instructions for NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes" on the NEH website.

Summer Institutes for College and University Teachers are offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide college and university faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars with an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their understanding of significant humanities ideas, texts, and topics. These study opportunities are especially designed for this program and are not intended to duplicate courses normally offered by graduate programs. On completion of an institute, NEH Summer Scholars will receive a certificate indicating their participation.

Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in Summer Seminars and Institutesat

Prior to completing an application to a specific seminar or institute, please review the project website and consider carefully what is expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing requirements, and general participation in the work of the project.

Completed applications should be submitted to the project directors, not the NEH, and should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2016.  Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and they will have until Tuesday, April 5, 2016 to accept or decline the offer.  Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar, Institute or Landmarks Workshop), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

Institutes are for 25 Summer Scholars, and provide intensive collaborative study of texts, topics, and ideas central to undergraduate teaching in the humanities under the guidance of faculties distinguished in their fields of scholarship. Institutes aim to prepare participants to return to their classrooms with a deeper knowledge of current scholarship in key fields of the humanities.

How to Apply

Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in Summer Seminars and Institutes HERE.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the project.

You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks workshops) and you may attend only one.

Please note:

Adjunct faculty, community college faculty and first-time participants are encouraged to apply.

Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are reserved for current full-time graduate students in the humanities.

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