The 1913 “Rodman Wanamaker Expedition of Citizenship to the North American Indian.” Photo of Sitting Bear (Ankara) placing his thumb-print on the Declaration of Allegiance. Fort Berthold, North Dakota, 29 September 1913. Courtesy Department of Library Services, AMNH.
The Institute at a Glance
“On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories and the Land” is an opportunity for twenty-two faculty from diverse humanities disciplines to enhance their teaching and research through a three-week residency at the Library of Congress, engaging in seminars with ten distinguished Visiting Scholars in the field of Native American ethnohistory. Applications are welcomed from full-time or adjunct faculty participants from tribal colleges, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities.
Laraine A. Fletcher, Ph.D., Professor emerita, Anthropology, Adelphi University
George L. Scheper, Ph.D., Anthropology, Central Michigan University
Visiting Faculty Scholars:
Matthew Babcock, History, University of North Texas at Dallas
Tracy L. Brown, Anthropology, Central Michigan University
Colin Gordon Calloway, Native American Studies, Dartmouth University
Pekka Hämäläinen, Oxford Centre for Research in US History
Michael E. Harkin, Anthropology, University of Wyoming
Sergie Kan, Anthropology and Native American Studies, Dartmouth University
Amy Lonetree, Humanities/ History, University of California Santa Cruz
Michael McDonnell, History, University of Sydney
Gregory Smithers, History, Virginia Commonwealth University
Michael Witgen (Red Cliff Ojibwe), American Culture & History, University of Michigan
Our Visiting Faculty Scholars will share their groundbreaking research concerning Native American issues of land, sovereignty, culture, and identity. In addition, our program provides the opportunity for individual and small group appointments with Library of Congress divisional reference librarians. During our period of residency, participants will have full access to all Library of Congress collections, with time to pursue individual research on topics of Native American history and culture.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and co-sponsored by The Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, this three-week Institute will enable our Summer Scholar participants to explore emerging new perspectives and theoretical approaches to Native American ethnohistorical studies. Institute seminars and discussions, among the participants themselves and in engagement with our visiting scholars, will provide a compelling format for Summer Scholars to engage directly with the richness and diversity of the vast and diverse collections of the Library of Congress.
Every teacher/scholar dreams of the opportunity to immerse herself in the full array of source material of a given field of study, to be able to access directly the troves of primary source materials, whether manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, or rare print items such as are available on-site at the Library of Congress. This project will provide Institute Summer Scholars an unprecedented opportunity to explore these archives in a collegial and supportive environment.
For information of stipend and lodging arrangements, please see the homepage tab on Lodging and Stipend.
For additional information you may also contact one of the Project Co-Directors:
Dr. Laraine Fletcher, Adelphi University, Anthropology, emerita, email@example.com
Dr. George Scheper, Senior Lecturer, Advanced Academic Programs, The Johns Hopkins University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: March 1, 2017; notification date: March 31, 2017
"Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities."