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Harlem Renaissance Summer Teacher Institute July 12-17, 2015

Harlem Renaissance

Idaho teachers of all grades and disciplines are invited to apply to attend the Idaho Humanities Council’s 2015 weeklong summer institute on the literature, art, and music of "The Harlem Renaissance," scheduled for July 12-17, 2015, at the College of Idaho in Caldwell.  Successful applicants will receive lodging and meals, texts, and the opportunity for optional college credit. Those traveling more than 250 miles one way may be eligible for a modest travel stipend. Community college teachers also are eligible to apply. The deadline for online applications is April 20th. 

Supported bLangston Hughesy the IHC’s Endowment for Humanities Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the interdisciplinary teacher institute will explore the explosion of African-American culture in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s that reverberated throughout American culture in literature, art, music, theater, and more during the 20th century.

Teachers will learn about some of the key social political ideas of the time, and Zora Neale Hurstonstudy works by novelist Zora Neale Hurston, poets James Weldon Johnson and Langston Hughes, jazz musicians Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Louie Armstrong, artist Augusta Savage, performer Josephine Baker, and others.

The Harlem Renaissance promoted a new sense of racial consciousness, ethnic pride, and black identity, and was more than simply an artistic movement. The Renaissance inspired social and political activism that eventually fueled the civil rights movement. The Harlem Renaissance helped America redefine how they saw African-Americans, as the Great Migration brought many more African Americans to relocate from the rural south to the urban north, expanding economic horizons, and encouraging thoughts of a more equal, cosmopolitan, and intellectual African American community of cultural innovators.  While promoting new cultural innovations, the Harlem Renaissance at the same time sparked a rediscovery of African American folklore traditions, bolstering a greater sense of heritage and identity.

Heather RussellPresenting scholars so far include Florida International University English Professor Heather Russell (Miami), a Zora Neale Hurston scholar, Grammy Museum Director and music historian Robert Santelli (Los Angeles), Bob Devin Jones, Langston Hughes scholar and chautauquan, and Phyllis McEwen (Tampa), Zora Neale Hurston chautauquan. 

Bob SantelliIn addition to attending daily lectures and panel discussions, participants will attend special evening keynote presentations, view documentaries and Hollywood films, and share ways of teaching the Harlem Renaissance in the classroom.   

The online application deadline is April 20, 2015.  Click here to apply online (you will create an account in our online application system – click here for instructions about creating an account), or contact the Idaho Humanities Council with other questions at (208) 345-5346, or

Before creating an account, you can access the instructions via a link in the gray box on the login page.  (Hint:  The organization is your school information; teachers applying as individuals for teacher institutes may leave the tax id box blank.  The personal contact section is your home information.  The personal email will be your login and will be IHC’s method to contact you, so be sure to use an email address you have access to year-round.)  If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to contact IHC.  REMINDER:  If you have applied to IHC since 2011, you have already created an account in our online system.  DO NOT CREATE ANOTHER ACCOUNT.  You will login with your email address and password.  If you have forgotten this login information, contact

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