Faculty Awarded Prestigious NEH Grant
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 Warrior, China 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 Suit, La 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.