May 21, 2013

Jeanette Grider

SLU Selected to Host NEH Summer Institute

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Twenty-five scholars from across the country will participate in the four-week National Endowment for the Humanities program hosted by Saint Louis University June 3-28.  

"Empires and Interactions across the Early Modern World: 1400-1800," will immerse the scholars in the extraordinary age of empire building and the interactions those empires fostered around the world.
These interactions include new economics of scale, biological and ecological transformations, global spread of Christianity and Islam, and widespread cultural exchanges.

Guest lecturers include: Richard Bulliet (Columbia University), Simon Ditchfield (University of York), Molly Green (Princeton University), Laura Hostetler (University of Illinois Chicago), George Lovell (Queens University Ontario), Rudi Matthee (University of Delaware), Timothy Parson (Washington University in St. Louis), Carla Phillips (University of Minnesota) and Ulrike Strasser (University of California-Irvine).

The participants were chosen from hundreds of applicants from colleges and universities across the nation.

The emergence of powerful Eurasian empires set into motion processes of exchange that touched all continents except Antarctica, expanding trade networks, spreading disease, globalizing religions and fostering intellectual exchange.

The Institute will utilize cultural interaction as an interdisciplinary approach to understand the early modern period as a whole. Participants will hear presentations from experts in the field, analyze theoretical approaches and primary documents, visit special collections and museums, engage in independent research, and develop curricula and materials for classroom use.

The Summer Institute will be co-directed by Charles Parker, the Eugene A. Hotfelder Professor in the Humanities and a professor of history at SLU and Ahmet Karamustafaof the University of Maryland College Park. Parker was awarded a grant from the NEH for the project. He also served as a guest lecturer at the 2007 NEH Summer Institute.

About the NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers
Each year the National Endowment for the Humanities' Division of Education Programs offers teaching opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in summer seminars and institutes. Each NEH Summer Seminar includes a limited number of participants working in collaboration with leading scholars. Participants will have access to a major research collection with time reserved to pursue individual projects.

For more information, contact project coordinator Amy Wallhermfechtel at or call (314) 977-2913.

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