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John Hall Chosen to Attend a Shakespeare Workshop

John Hall Chosen to Attend a Shakespeare Workshop


John Hall, a teacher from ArtSpace Charter School has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 26 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

John will participate in a summer institute entitled “Scholarship and Performance: A Combined Approach to Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays.”  The two-week program will be held at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, New York and directed by Theatre for a New Audience. Mr. Hall is very excited about this workshop.  He looks forward to new perspectives and taking his work with students to a new level.

The 25 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $2,200 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

Topics for the 26 seminars and institutes offered for teachers this summer include A Reverence for Words: Muslim Cultures and the Arts; Abolition and Women’s Suffrage, 1830s–1920s; Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad; The African-American Freedom Struggle from Plessy to Brown; America’s Gilded Age and Progressive Era; Appalachia: Land, Literature, and Culture; Central Asia in World History; Charles Dickens; The Chinese Exclusion Act; Communism and American Life; The Dutch Republic, Britain, and the World Economy; Existentialism; Hannah Arendt; Immigration in California: Literature and Theater; Immigration, Industrialization, and Illness in 19th-Century America; John Steinbeck: Social Critic and Ecologist; Philosophers of Education; Punishment, Politics, and Culture; Race and Mental Health in History and Literature; Religious Worlds of New York; Roman Daily Life: Petronius and Pompeii; Shakespeare; Slavery, Equality, and the Constitution; U.S.-Russian/Soviet Relations, 1776-Present

The approximately 544 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach almost 68,000 American students the following year.