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04/28/2014

English Prof to Spend Summer Exploring Influential, American Literature

NEH-logo-releaseA University of the Sciences English professor has been nationally selected to attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Christine Flanagan, MFA, will spend four-weeks this summer collaborating and studying with 25 experts in humanities disciplines at Georgia College & State University. These instructors will participate in a program, "Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor: A NEH Summer Institute."

This program, in particular, is designed to encourage the 22 college and university instructors and three graduate students to explore the life of O'Connor, an influential American writer and essayist in the 1950s. Flanagan and her peers will attend lectures and seminars, as well as spend a week studying materials available to scholars only through the Georgia College library. All participants will receive a stipend of $3,300 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

The NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the federal government that supports the humanities. Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of summer seminars and institutes.

Some of the topics for the 30 seminars and institutes offered for college and university teachers this summer include, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: Literature, the Arts, and Cinema Since Independence; American Maritime People; America's East Central Europeans: Migration and Memory; Arts, Architecture, and Devotional Interaction in England, 1200–1600; Dante’s Divine Comedy: Poetry, Philosophy, and the City of Florence; and many more.

The approximately 437 NEH summer scholars who participate in these programs will teach nearly 115,00 American students at various colleges and universities during the 2014-15 school year.

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