LGBTQ+ Histories of the United States: Summer Institute for Teachers

An NEH Summer Institute for Middle and High School Teachers

From July 8-19, 2024, ASHP will host a National Endowment for the Humanities institute for 30 middle and high school teachers to study LGBTQ+ Histories of the United States. Participants will view research presentations by noted scholars, take part in pedagogical workshops, discover archival materials and teaching resources, and enjoy conversations with colleagues. In addition, they will participate in “behind the scenes” virtual sessions with curators and staff at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the LGBTQ Community Center, and New York Public Library.

The institute will be led by ASHP/CML Executive Director Dr. Anne Valk, along with history educators Dr. Stacie Brensilver Berman (NYU), Dr. Donna Thompson Ray, and graduate assistants Danielle Bennett and Rachel Pitkin.


Each day prominent guest scholars will join the institute for a full day of conversation and hands-on workshops about LGBTQ+ history in the middle and high school curriculum. They will introduce participants to the rich body of recent scholarship covering the span of U.S. history, from early America to the present, and engage sources suited for classroom use, including military and government records, oral history interviews, literature, and art and photography. Institute outcomes will include: understanding LGBTQ+ history as a constant presence within U.S. history; expanding historical narratives to incorporate LGBTQ+ stories; identifying pedagogical strategies and materials appropriate for exploring LGBTQ+ history in middle and high school classrooms; and building a national network of resources and colleagues dedicated to exploring LGBTQ+ history and identity in middle and high school curriculum.


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