Faculty Seminars to Focus on Teaching Interfaith Understanding, American History, Art History, and Classics in 2019

CIC will offer four seminars for full-time faculty members at CIC member institutions during summer 2019. Led by renowned experts in the respective fields, the seminars will focus on teaching interfaith understanding, American history, art history, and ancient Greece. The week-long programs will provide faculty members with unique access to special collections and libraries, the opportunity to network with colleagues in their fields, and time to recharge their intellectual batteries.

Teaching Interfaith Understanding

Interfaith brochure coverThe seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding is designed to increase faculty members’ knowledge, broaden their perspective, and help them strengthen the teaching of interfaith understanding through the development of new courses and other resources and the expansion of a network of faculty members who are committed to teaching this subject. The seminar will be held June 16–20, 2019, at DePaul University (IL) in Chicago. Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, and Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College (VT) and a distinguished scholar of South Asian religions, will lead the seminar. Twenty-five full-time faculty members will be selected for the seminar by competitive nomination. The costs of the seminar program, lodging, most meals, and reading materials will be covered through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. The deadline for completed nominations is January 18, 2019. For more information, visit the Interfaith program website.

American History

American History brochure cover“The Civil War in American Memory,” a seminar for full-time faculty members in history and related fields, will be held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, June 23–27, 2019. Cosponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the seminar will be of particular interest to faculty members who may be called upon as resources and experts when questions arise over what should be done with controversial historical statues and markers on their campuses and in their communities. David Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, will lead the seminar. The seminar aims to provide a forum in which to comprehend and analyze why the slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction epoch has remained an unending dilemma in American historical consciousness. Thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, there are no fees for room, board, books, or the seminar program itself. The deadline for completed nominations is January 14, 2019. For more information, visit the American History program website.

Teaching European Art in Context

Art History brochure coverA seminar for art historians and other faculty members who teach art history, “Art and Society in Britain, Hogarth to Turner (1730–1851)” will be held at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, July 21–26, 2019. Intended for non-specialists, the seminar will be especially valuable for faculty members at institutions without large campus collections or proximity to major art museums. Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor and chair of the department of the history of art at Yale University, will lead the seminar. He will offer a new account of significant developments in British art from Georgian London in the age of William Hogarth, who came to prominence in the 1730s, to the death of J. M. W. Turner in the year of the Great Exhibition, 1851. Original works of art will be addressed directly, focusing on the outstanding collections of the Yale Center for British Art. Themes will include portraiture and social status; London as a world city; taste and the Grand Tour; art and empire; the industrial revolution; and Romanticism and nature. Participants’ lodging, books, and some meals will be covered thanks to the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The deadline for completed nominations is January 25, 2019. For more information, visit the Art History program website.

FORTHCOMING: Ancient Greece in the Modern College Classroom

Soon to be announced, CIC and Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) will cosponsor a seminar, “The Ancient Greek Hero,” that will be held at CHS in Washington, DC, July 25–29, 2019. Through close readings and discussions of translated Greek poetry, history, and philosophy, the seminar will explore what it means to be human. The organizing principle will be the study of a model of humanity, the hērōs (hero). Beginning with the Homeric poems, the seminar also will engage with works of Sappho, Herodotus, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Plato, providing participants who teach in a variety of disciplines with approaches to integrate the literature of ancient Greece into a wide range of courses. The seminar will be led by Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University, and Kenneth Scott Morrell, associate professor of Greek and Roman studies at Rhodes College (TN). Lodging, some meals, books, and other expenses will be covered by CIC, CHS, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Program details and nomination instructions will be available in early January. For more information, contact Stephen Gibson, CIC director of programs, at (202) 466-7230 or sgibson@cic.nche.edu.