From Monday, July 11 to Friday July 15, 2016, the Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) will convene a one-week Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute (STSI), focusing particularly on the history, cultures, and institutions of African-descended peoples in New York City. New York, home to Harlem and numerous other black communities, historically and today is one of the capitals of Black America, and even the Black World. Many of the structural, economic, social, and cultural facets found in black communities and cities throughout the Western Hemisphere are exhibited in their greatest dynamism in New York. This Summer Institute offers what few others are able: the opportunity to study African-American history, culture, politics, and life through the lens of New York, and in New York. High school and college/university instructors, graduate students, writers and journalists, museum and archive professionals, and independent scholars and researchers are welcome to apply. During this intensive course, STSI participants will meet with and attend seminars facilitated by today’s leading scholars in African-American Studies. STSI seminars will explore various themes including The New Negro Movement and the Harlem Renaissance; Educating Harlem: Activism for Equality in the Mid-20th Century; The Struggle for Civil Rights in Brooklyn, Race, Policing, Gender and Criminal Justice; Black Immigration since 1965; and Health/Medical Rights. STSI participants will visit historical landmarks and institutions around the city, receive instruction in the latest research methods, and enjoy cultural excursions throughout New York City.
2016 Columbia University Institute for African-American Studies (IRAAS) Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute (STSI)
Applications will be evaluated in two waves. Early Decision applicants (those who submit their materials on or before Friday, 1 April, 2016) will receive notification by 15 April, 2016. All other applicants must submit their materials on or before Friday, 3 June, 2016.
The fee for the 2016 STSI is $1,800.00. A 25% nonrefundable deposit due 7 days after notification for all accepted applicants. The entire balance is due 4 weeks after notification for early decision applicants. A 25% nonrefundable deposit is due by 14 June and the full balance by 30 June. Please note that admitted applicants cannot receive reading or other STSI materials until the full fee has been paid.
Additional information about the STSI may be found at www.columbiastsi.com. You may send questions to email@example.com.
Please send your essay question response, your resume (or curriculum vita), along with a cover letter in a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit each essay response to 1,000 words.
1. How will participation in the STSI benefit your current and future work? Please be as specific as possible.
PARTIAL FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT ESSAY QUESTIONS:
IRAAS will be able to make available a limited number of partial fellowships. If you would like to apply for one of these, please answer the below questions, including them in your essay packet (PDF format, please). Please note that fellowship awards will be applied only to tuition cost.
1. One mission of the Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute is the furtherance of teaching and public presentation of African-American history in public institutions and in secondary and higher education. In roughly 500 words, please describe your involvement in initiatives to either bring the teaching of African-American history to your home institution and/or further enhance already existing programs and curriculum. Your essay should also detail how you envision productive strategies in African-American historical studies and/or teaching, and your role in applying those strategies in institutional and collaborative contexts.
2. Please indicate how much in fellowship support you are requesting. Also please describe in some detail the other sources and amount of support (i.e. personal funds, professional development funds provided by your employer, etc.).