Faculty Awarded Prestigious NEH Grant

Matthew Spangler and David Kahn

Drs. Matthew Spangler (left) and David Kahn

Drs. Matthew Spangler and David Kahn (Theatre Arts) received a $162,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to host a Summer Institute for School Teachers titled "The California Immigrant Experience through Literature and Theatre,"July 13-27, 2014, at San Jose State University.  Drs. Spangler and Kahn will serve as hosts and co-directors for the Institute.

The faculty includes:

  • Maxine Hong Kingston (author of The Woman WarriorChina Men and other novels; Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley)
  • Ping Chong (internationally acclaimed theatre director, playwright, video and installation artist; author of East West Quartet and creator of Undesirable Elements performance series)
  • Luis Valdez (author of Zoot SuitLa Bamba; founder of El Teatro Campesino)
  • Kinan Valdez (actor, director, and producing artistic director of El Teatro Campesino)
  • Donna Gabaccia (author of Immigration and American Diversity, Professor of History, University of Minnesota)
  • Kelly Lytle-Hernández (author of Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol, Associate Professor of History, UCLA)
  • Judy Yung (author of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, professor emerita, UC Santa Cruz)
  • Sharon Ott (theatre director and former artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Performing Arts Faculty, Savannah College of Art and Design)
  • David Terry (Assistant Professor of Communication and Performance Studies, San José State University)
  • Glen Gendzel (author of numerous articles on immigration; Associate Professor of History, San José State University)
  • Sara Zatz (Associate Director of Ping Chong & Company; program director of Undesirable Elements performance series)


The 25 Institute scholar-participants will be competitively selected from around the country. 

Eligibility: Full-time teachers in American K-12 schools, whether public, charter, independent, or religiously affiliated, as well as home-schooling parents, are eligible to apply to NEH Summer Institutes. Americans teaching abroad are also eligible if a majority of the students they teach are American citizens.  Librarians and school administrators may also be eligible.

For questions or to request additional information contact Project Coordinator Maria Judnick or Dr. Matthew Spangler.