Augustana Professor Selected to Attend Summer Study Program
Thursday, June 18, 2009
SIOUX FALLS - Dr. Lindsay Twa, Assistant Professor of Art at Augustana, has been selected from a national applicant pool to attend one of 19 summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
NEH is a federal agency that, each summer, supports seminars and institutes at colleges and universities, so that teachers can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.
Dr. Twa will participate in an institute entitled "Slaves, Soldiers, Rebels: Currents of Black Resistance in the Tropical Atlantic: 1760-1888." The five-week program will be held at The Johns Hopkins University Center for Africana Studies and directed by Ben Vinson, III (Johns Hopkins University), Natalie Zacek (University of Manchester), and Stewart King (Mount Angel Seminary). The 25 professors selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $3,800 to cover travel, study, and living expenses.
“Slaves, Soldiers, Rebels” covers a range of themes including African slavery in the Atlantic World; marronage in the English and Dutch Caribbean; the Haitian Revolution; military and government in Iberian America; and African-American experiences of the American Revolution. The Institute’s visiting instructors are prominent historians from institutions in Maryland and across the United States.
Topics for other seminars and institutes offered for college and university teachers this summer include the works of Dante; La Celestina; German exiles in California; American engagement with Russia; American immigration; English literary culture; Reformation of the book, 1450-1650; early modern European music books; disease in the Middle Ages; Anglo-Irish identities; African dimensions of American history and culture; Buddhist traditions of Tibet and the Himalayas; religious diversity; metaphysics of the mind; experimental philosophy; rule of law; borderlands ecology and history; and Aldo Leopold and environmental ethics.
The approximately 375 teachers who participate in these studies will teach more than 50,000 American students the following year.