Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Westward Expansion and the Constitution in the Early American Republic

[Via H-Law, we have the following call for applicants.]

NEH Summer Institute on Westward Expansion and the Constitution in the Early American Republic

We would like to invite applications to participate in a two-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on “Westward Expansion and the Constitution in the Early American Republic” in Norman, Oklahoma, from June 13–24, 2016. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 1.

Jointly sponsored by the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage and the Department of History at the University of Oklahoma, this Summer Institute will explore the social, cultural, and political dimensions of American westward expansion through the lens of the U.S. Constitution and the struggles over its interpretation between the American Revolution and the conclusion of the Mexican-American War in 1848. The Institute will feature several leading scholars of the early republic—Alan Taylor, Peter Onuf, Fay Yarbrough, Amy Greenberg, Lindsay Robertson, and Peter Kastor—and will include trips to cultural attractions and historical collections unique to Oklahoma, such as the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. All participants will receive a $2,100 stipend to offset travel, accommodations, and other costs of attendance.

Our website contains a more detailed description of the material to be covered, a daily schedule, and faculty profiles.  A downloadable flyer can be found [here.]  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions. We look forward to your applications, postmarked by March 1, 2016.

Paul A. Gilje and Kevin Butterfield, University of Oklahoma (co-directors).  Contact: iach@ou.edu