The three-week institute Thomas Jefferson: Personality, Character and Public Life, offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will take place at Boston University from July 8 to 26, 2013. Speakers include R. B. Bernstein, Peter Hatch, Joanne Freeman, Jan Lewis, and Peter Onuf. The institute will seek to deepen our understanding of one of the most important figures in American history, a figure who is fascinating, influential, inspiring, and embattled.
Focusing on Jefferson’s personality and character and connecting them to his public career will be the theme of the first week, followed by an examination of his views on religion, his role as a family man, and his correspondence with John Adams. In the final week, the Institute turns to slavery, science, and money.
The application and further information (like the stipend for teachers is $2,700; itinerary and speaker bios) is at the institute’s website.
During the three weeks, participants will also ponder some larger questions:
- Is the intimate life knowable?
- Does it connect to the public man or woman?
- Do we each fashion our own version of Jefferson to reflect our values and needs?
- What is Jefferson’s legacy?
Discussion will include pedagogical questions:
- What role should biography and primary sources play in history instruction?
- How does teaching biographies fit with state standards and high stakes testing?
- How do we teach intimate information about famous Americans to young people?
- How can teachers be honest and realistic yet still inspire students and encourage citizenship?
Learn more by visiting thomasjeffersonpersonalitycharacterandpubliclife.org.
Global Nomads Group (GNG) has a very interesting line-up for 2009-2010. Since there is so much to report, we’re going to do it over a few blog posts (specific dates and times will be revealed later by GNG). First up (can you tell by my word choice that St. Louis has All-Star fever right now?): 2-PART PULSE PROGRAMS.
TITLE: Darfur Debate
THEMES: Conflict and Human Rights; Global Politics
The conflict in Darfur has reached well into its fifth year as hundreds of thousands of Darfuris have been killed and millions more have been displaced. How can this atrocity still continue despite the rallying cry against genocide heard around the world? Students will explore the roots of this conflict and what students can do NOW to influence the outcome of the 21st century’s first genocide.
TITLE: Global Warming and Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Floods, and Tornadoes, Oh, My!
THEMES: Earth Science; Global Development; Health and Well-Being
Natural disasters have long been part of history – however, with the frequent rate of such news splashing across our various media sources, there is looming debate over the increase of natural disasters crediting climate change and global warming as a critical cause.
TITLE: Domestic Violence: Global Perspectives – In Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
THEMES: Conflict & Human Rights; Global Development; Health & Well-Being
According to the American Institute of Domestic Violence, over $5.8 billion is spent each year to care for U.S. victims of domestic violence; 95% of whom are female. Domestic abuse amongst men is on the rise as well, although at much lower rates. What can be done to stop the cycle of violence before it even begins?
TITLE: Money Matters: The Global Economic Crisis: Putting Stock in the Markets?
THEMES: Global Development; Sustainable Communities
NEW Project-Based Learning Lesson Plan, Secondary Level
With glimmers of hope of global economic recovery, global stock and credit markets have somewhat recovered. However, there is a raging debate on whether there is real economic recovery or a government-engineered temporary reprieve from the unprecedented economic crisis the world has faced over the past twelve months. What really happened?