BU workshops Teach Teachers About African American History

in BU In the Community, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases
September 23rd, 2010

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | pmfarrel@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University’s African American Studies Program, located in the College of Arts & Sciences, has received notification from the National Endowment for the Humanities that it has been awarded a grant of approximately $180,000 in support of two weeklong summer workshops for K-12 teachers on the subject of “African Americans in Massachusetts.”

The grant falls under the auspices of “We the People” and “Landmarks of American History and Culture,” and is designed to introduce teachers to important sites of American and, in this case, African American History. The workshops will be held in summer 2011 and will be attended by teachers from across the United States.

In planning these workshops, the African American Studies Program will be strengthening ties with organizations across the state, including the Museum of African American History; the African American Heritage Trail in Boston; the Isaac Royall House & Slave Quarters; Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House; the Du Bois Homestead and Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail; and the National Center for Afro-American Artists.

In addition, the program will be collaborating with a number of units across Boston University, including the School of Education and the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. As Boston University’s largest academic division, the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is the heart of the BU experience, creating an extensive global reach that enhances the University’s reputation for teaching and research.

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