Publication Date

February 1, 2001

NHD Seeks Volunteers for Judging Competitions

National History Day (NHD) is looking for graduate students, faculty and staff to judge NHD projects. NHD is a highly regarded nonprofit education program to promote the study and teaching of history. This yearlong educational program fosters academic achievement and intellectual growth. In addition to acquiring useful historical knowledge and perspective during the series of district, state and national competitions, students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will help them manage and use information now and in the future.

This year, more than half a million students in grades 6-12 have embarked on an adventure to examine the NHD 2001 theme "Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas." Students will analyze historical frontiers in politics, geography, science, space, presidential powers, ideologies, and many other areas. After analyzing and interpreting their information, students present their findings in creative papers, exhibits, performances and documentary presentations that are evaluated by historians and educators. To find out how you can volunteer and help excite students about history call301-314-9739 or visit the National History Day web site at

New York Folklore Society Launches New Journal

The New York Folklore Society has launched a new publication, Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore. The new journal, which will appear in a magazine format, will replace the society's previous periodicals, New York Folklore and New York Folklore Newsletter. It will be dedicated to publishing the content of folklore in words and images of its creators and practitioners. The magazine will also publish peer-reviewed research articles. The magazine will welcome articles, news items and any other material that may relate to folklore in New York State. Details can be obtained from the society’s web site,

NEH Summer Institutes and Seminars

There is still time-until March 1, 2001-to apply to the various summer seminars and institutes sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities for college and university teachers.

The 2001 programs include seminars on such themes as Anglo-Irish Identities, 1600-1800, Revolution and the Making of Identities: France, 1787-1799, and Teaching the African Diaspora: An Afro-Romance Approach. The application deadline for Summer Seminars and Institutes is March 1, 2001. General information about the seminars and institutes may be obtained from the web site or by calling (202) 606- 8463. E-mail: Specific information on each seminar or institute can be obtained form the contact persons listed on the web site.

All teachers selected to participate in a seminar or institute will be awarded a stipend of $2,800 to $3,700 to cover the costs of travel, books and other research expenses, and living expenses.

Each seminar includes 15 participants working in collaboration with one or two leading scholars. Participants will have access to a major library collection, with time reserved to pursue individual research and study projects.

The Institutes provide intensive collaborative study of texts, topics, and ideas central to undergraduate teaching in the humanities under the guidance of faculties distinguished in their fields of scholarship Institutes aim to prepare participants to return to their classrooms with a deeper knowledge of current scholarship in key fields of the humanities.

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