American Histories: Native Peoples and Europeans in the Americas
July 8-12, 2013: 8:30AM-5PM
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Luce Hall – 34 Hillhouse Avenue
Peabody Museum – 170 Whitney Avenue
Yale University’s Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER), the Council on Latin America and Iberian Studies (CLAIS) and the Peabody Museum of Natural History hosted a unique summer institute designed to help educators enhance curricula and access primary teaching resources—including museum artifacts—about indigenous histories and cultures of the Americas. The institute was interdisciplinary in nature, and teachers of all subjects were encouraged to apply.
The summer institute focused on indigenous peoples of the Americas and their interactions with European groups in the centuries after first contact. It also explored contemporary lives of indigenous peoples and considered relationships of indigenous Americans today to their histories. Addressing various indigenous groups in the present-day United States and Latin America, the Institute compared and contrasted diverse experiences and engagements, including conflict, collaboration, and exchange of goods and ideas. Through a comparative and thematic approach, we delved into the cultural diversity of indigenous peoples in the Americas before and after the arrival of Europeans.
The Institute was dedicated to promoting object-based learning and primary-source study and offered opportunities for experience with collections in Yale’s museums and libraries, including the Yale Peabody Museum. All participants received guidance and support from the Teacher Advisor and outreach staff to prepare curricular materials.
CLICK HERE for curriculum units developed in conjunction with the American Histories summer institute, as well as the previous year's Maya Cultures Across Time institute.
The Institute’s topics were relevant to social studies and language arts standards relating to learning about cultural diversity as well as cultural encounters and their effects on people in the past and present. Speakers from various academic disciplines, including history, anthropology, art history, and comparative literature, introduced concepts that will be useful in promoting analysis and understanding both of particular historical cases examined in the Institute and others in world history.
The Institute was interdisciplinary and was designed to appeal to high school teachers of various subjects, including—but not limited to—social studies, history, modern languages and art. While this institute was open to teachers from across the country, please note that only limited funds for travel reimbursement were available.
Click HERE to access the on-line application; the early submission deadline is April 19 (changed from April 15). Candidates who submit an application and supporting documents by April 19 will be notified about selection by May 1. Applications received after April 19 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Successful applicants from this round will be notified before June 15. Applicants selected to participate in the Institute will be charged a reimbursable registration fee of $160. This fee will be reimbursed upon completion of the Institute’s program in New Haven.
The following is required of all Institute participants:
Besides the reimbursable registration fee, there were no charges for the Institute in New Haven. Personal expenses may include travel to New Haven, housing, some meals, and ground transportation. Limited financial assistance was available to offset some of these expenses.
The registration fee was reimbursed after completing the Institute's program in New Haven. Upon completion of the Institute’s curriculum implementation and assessment requirements at the end of the following school year, teachers will be awarded a $400 stipend for their participation in the Institute.
Dr. Megan E. O'Neil, Institute Director
Megan E. O’Neil, Institute Director in 2012 and 2013, is Assistant Professor of Art History at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, of the City University of New York. She received her B.A. in Archaeological Studies from Yale College, her M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Ph.D. in History of Art from Yale University. Her primary research is in ancient Maya art history and archaeology, but her research also has encompassed arts of later periods in the Americas, such as her master’s thesis study of the sixteenth-century Map of Teozacoalco from Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2012, the University of Oklahoma Press published her book, Engaging Ancient Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras, Guatemala.
Elise Weisenbach, Teacher Advisor
Elise Weisenbach received her B.A. and M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University with concentrations in anthropology and history. She has studied in Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia and has traveled extensively in Latin America. She received a MAT from Quinnipiac University and currently teaches Spanish at Branford High School. She also has volunteered at the Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History and participated in many CLAIS Outreach Programs. Mrs. Weisenbach was the Teacher Advisor for the Yale University 2012 Summer Institute for Educators Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: Maya Cultures Across Time and is delighted to return as the Teacher Advisor for the Summer Institute 2013.
The 2013 Summer Institute was made possible by generous support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the United States Department of Education.
Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER) at the MacMillan Center
For more information, contact:
Tom Parlapiano, Institute Coordinator
(203) 737-3065 or email@example.com