Jada Kohlmeier, professor of secondary social studies education, and Steven Brown, professor of political science, were awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant in the amount of $175,00.00 for Citizens Fighting for Civil Rights: The Places, Faces, and Cases that Changed a Nation.
Kohlmeier is well-known for leading the World Affairs Youth Seminar, now in its 37th year.
The award is to fund a two-week summer institute for 25 high school civics teachers. The institute will focus on civil rights and legal history, and examine four landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases from Alabama which will address the following two questions: 1) What factors led to the Supreme Court’s expansion of civil rights and liberties in these cases? 2) Why are these decisions still important to all Americans today?
Citizens Fighting for Civil Rights is a product of a collaborative effort between Brown and Kohlmeier, and the institute is applying an interdisciplinary approach – political science and teacher education – to the study of place, people, and events, which led to the momentous transformations in the American political and social landscape.
“These challenging times underscore how important the humanities are to making American culture and world history relatable across generations,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “NEH is proud to award hundreds of grants to keep our nation’s scholars, students, teachers, and citizens moving forward in pursuit of new knowledge and understanding.”
The NEH announced $30 million in grants for 238 humanities projects across the country. This round of funding, NEH’s last for fiscal year 2020, will support vital research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. These peer-reviewed grants were awarded in addition to $50 million in annual operating support provided to the national network of state and jurisdictional humanities councils.