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Thanks to all who participated in our first Summer Workshops on June 20-24 and JuneĀ 27-July 1, 2011!

Hello Dr. Heywood,

I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You. Last year, I was selected to
participated in the African Americans in Massachusetts Institute at Boston
University. Yesterday, as I was introducing Moby Dick to my senior students, a
discussion began about blacks and slavery in Massachusetts. I was able to share
so much with them from the Institute that I attended. Now, they are excited
about reading the book.

Later in the day, students were discussing the Ellen Craft lesson that we did
at the beginning of the year. They were given a picture of Ellen and William
Craft and had to predict who they were and what they were doing. They loved
finding out the real story of Ellen Craft. We used Belinda’s Petition in February when we explored Literature during Black History month.

None of this would have been possible with out NEH and you, Dr. Heywood. I am
so thankful that you have helped me make learning an exciting experience for my

Thanks Again,

Kim Bochicchio

Posted 3/29/2012

African American Studies Program
Boston University

Explore the diverse and important contributions of African Americans to Massachusetts.

Workshop highlights include:

  • Lectures from leading scholars and community members on the long history of the African American experience in Massachusetts, including literary, historical, political, cultural, and archaeological perspectives.
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of some of Massachusetts’ most important landmarks: the Museum of African American History and Boston’s Black Heritage Trail; the Isaac Royall House and Slave Quarters; Orchard House, home of the Alcott family; the W.E.B. Du Bois homesite and Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail; and the National Center for Afro-American Artists
  • Opportunity to work with primary source material and historical documents in Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, which holds the papers of many notable African American figures including Martin Luther King, Jr., a graduate of the Boston University School of Theology.

While in town, we hope that you will explore all that Boston and Boston University have to offer. We encourage all full-time and part-time classroom teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously-affiliated schools and home-schooling parents from across the country to apply. All participants will receive a $1,200 stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support their travel, accommodation, and living expenses for the duration of the workshop.

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the staff at African American Studies or read a letter from our Director Dr. Linda Heywood.

For more information on other NEH Summer Workshops, visit their site.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.