From 2017 NEH Summer Scholars:

“The landmark sites were so important to this workshop, giving the content a sense of place. They allowed us to feel the space, the traces left behind of the peoples we were studying. It also allowed us to fully immerse in the modern connections to the content we were learning.”

“You provided a framework that put me right in the middle of a crowd of passionate, caring educators. More than that, you poured yourselves into the work in a way that made the experience truly transformative for me.  Studying the sustained efforts of people who have fought for social change through their art and passion and intellect was important to me not just so that I could go home and teach it, but so that I could go home and make it happen in my own place. I am ready to  re-enter my classroom with the belief that we can cause community transformation and positive change.”

“The amazing scholarship, the vast wealth of information, the authentic first-hand civil rights knowledge, the outstanding musical talent, the unbeatable, incredible daily field trips, the friendliness, camaraderie, and discussions made this NEH workshop an incredible experience for all.  The workshop’s intent to enlighten and stimulate educators on civil rights, music and New Orleans was met ten-fold.”

“I found this to be an incredibly rich experience for myself as an individual as well as a teacher bringing in exciting resources for my history classroom. I have a more thorough understanding of civil rights movements as communities rising up in song and art as well as in lobbying and marches and articles.”

“Our learning was deepened through the landmark sites. The combination of hearing from scholars, talking to participants, visiting the spaces lent itself to a more holistic understanding and helped me as a learner internalize the new knowledge. Drumming in Congo Square probably best exemplifies the ability of a space, action, and interaction to be a transformative learning opportunity.”