American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

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

An NEH Summer Institute for Middle and High School Teachers

July 11-July 22, 2022
Sponsored by The Graduate Center, City University of New York
New York, New York

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the Graduate Center, City University of New York will host a National Endowment for the Humanities institute in Summer 2022 for 30 middle and high school teachers to study LGBTQ+ Histories of the United States. Due to continuing restrictions regarding face-to-face meetings, this will be a remote institute in which participants will view presentations by and interact with noted scholars, teachers, and archivists, as well as their colleagues. In addition, they will participate in “behind the scenes'' virtual sessions with curators and staff at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Leslie Lohman Museum, 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 and Dr. Peter Mabli, both former k-12 teachers. 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 1990s, 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.








LGBTQ+ Histories of the United States follows the National Endowment for the Humanities Principles of Civility

Equal Opportunity Statement: Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age. For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. TDD: 202-606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf). 

For further information on the institute, contact:

Donna Thompson Ray, Institute Director
American Social History Project
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.