WASHINGTON, AUGUST 10TH— For the third time, the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded The Churchill Centre a significant grant to support the participation of American teachers in a summer institute to study Winston S. Churchill. In summer 2010, twenty-four teachers will receive NEH stipends to spend two weeks at The Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge, and one week in London, exploring the institute’s theme, “Winston Churchill and the Anglo-American Relationship.” Professor James W. Muller, chairman of The Churchill Centre’s Board of Academic Advisers, will direct the institute in collaboration with Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre.
Our sincerest thanks to Professor Muller, chief operating officer Dan Myers, and education programs coordinator Suzanne Sigman, and the authorities who wrote supporting letters, for the hundreds of hours of work that went into this successful grant application.
The three-week program, from July 11th through 31st, includes extensive reading, research using primary documents in the Churchill Archives, seminars with Churchill scholars and visits to important Churchill sites, including Bletchley Park, Blenheim Palace, the Churchill gravesite at Bladon, Harrow School, Chartwell and the Churchill Museum at the Cabinet War Rooms. The group will also tour Parliament, as in 2008. Churchill scholars Kevin Theakston, Piers Brendon and David Dilks, among others, will lead teachers in their inquiries into various aspects of Churchill’s life, with a focus on the Anglo-American relationship surrounding the Second World War.
Teachers will be selected through a competitive application process that includes a resume and two letters of reference. Perhaps the most important part of the application is the essay that should include any personal and academic information that is relevant: the reasons for applying to this institute; interest, both intellectual and personal, in Winston Churchill and the broader implications of his career and relationship with the United States; teachers’ qualifications to do the work of this institute and to make a contribution to it; what teachers hope to accomplish by participation, including any individual research and writing projects; and the relation of the study to one’s teaching. The essay should be no longer than 1250 words or five double-spaced pages.
Applications will be due on 1 March 2010. Complete details of the 2010 program will be posted on the Educator section of winstonchurchill.org by November, 2009. Applications will be submitted online at the NEH website. Meanwhile, encourage your favorite teachers to consider spending three weeks with Winston Churchill in England next summer. First priority is given to teachers who have not attended an NEH institute in the last three years (2007, 2008 or 2009).
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