An NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art


These intensive workshops will take place over the course of a week from Sunday noon through early Saturday afternoon. Participants will spend more than 40 hours throughout the week in exploration and study at the landmarks sites, as well as in lectures, interactive presentations, film screenings, curricular strategy seminars, and independent research. 

Summer Scholars will be required to complete reading assignments both prior to and during the workshop week. Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will be required to develop a visual storytelling project with accompanying lesson plan, which will be shared with project faculty and other Summer Scholars during a presentation on the final day. In contrast to text-based learning, visual storytelling methods employ images and other visual elements to communicate information. Teachers will present a narrative through the identification, arrangement, and interpretation of visual materials, including photographs, works of art, and archival documents, in order to examine the historic complexities of race in American education. By developing an accompanying lesson plan teachers will connect their learning to ways they can engage their students with the histories and peoples relevant to their geographic regions. 

Dates of Workshop Sessions

Session I: June 18-24, 2017 

Session II: July 9-15, 2017

Contact Information

Cassandra Mesick Braun, Project Co-Director: | 785-864-6794

Celka StraughnProject Co-Director: | 785-864-0136

Sydney PurselProject Intern: | 785-864-5253

The University of Kansas
Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045  | 785-864-4710

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