Deadline extended for 2016 NEH Summer Institute on Modern Mongolia: March 15

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Summer Program
June 6, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Humanities, World History / Studies, Music and Music History, Fine Arts

Application deadline has been extended for NEH Summer Institute: “Modern Mongolia: Heritage and Tradition Amid Changing Realities” to March 15, 2016. This is a four-week institute (June 6-July 1, 2016) designed to provide 25 undergraduate university and college educators with resources needed to be able to expand curricular offerings in East, Inner, or Central Asian Studies. The question of how Modern Mongolia is navigating its place in the world will be explored through the humanities; art, literature, music, and dance provide useful lenses to view how cultures in Mongolia are changing and still yearning for the past. Non-specialists are welcome to apply, as are educators based at community colleges. Participant housing is a 5 minute walk to classroom buildings at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and WiFi will be available in housing and on campus. Several cultural activities planned on site, including side trips to art museums of New York City. Up to two slots can be for graduate students who will be teaching in the future.

The Institute will engage educators with stimulating presentations, materials, and discussions, and provide them with necessary tools to build draft course modules tailored to their institutional and individual teaching circumstances. Ultimately, we strive to provide context to enable teaching about a changing Mongolia, and to bring modern Mongolia into a curriculum.

The Co-Directors are David Dettmann, US Director of the ACMS, and Academic Lead Morris Rossabi, Distinguished Professor of History, City University of New York and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University. Rossabi’s books include The Mongols and Global History, Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists, and Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times. David Dettmann is an experienced professional in promoting Asian Area Studies who works for the ACMS and as Associate Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Our faculty speakers are Dr. Christopher P. Atwood, Associate Professor of Central Eurasian History at Indiana University-Bloomington, Dr. Pamela Crossley, Collis Professor of History, Dartmouth College, Dr. William Fitzhugh, Curator of Archaeology and Director, Arctic Studies Center of the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. Elizabet Endicott, Professor Emerita of History at Middlebury College, Dr. Charles Krusekopf, Executive Director of the American Center for Mongolian Studies and Project Director of the ACMS/Luce Foundation Mongolia Cultural Heritage Initiative, Dr. Clyde Goulden, Curator and Professor Emeritus at Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Dr. Nancy Steinhardt, Professor of East Asian Art at University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Johan Elverskog, Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Susan Witte, Associate Professor of Social Work at Columbia University, and Dr. Peter K. Marsh, Associate Professor of Music at California State University East Bay.

The Summer Institute will be held at the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) on the historic campus of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. Program includes: Free Tuition and a $3,300 Stipend to defray housing (which will be at the International House in Philadelphia) and transportation expenses.

Now Receiving Applications: Deadline extended to March 15, 2016

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For questions, please contact David Dettmann via email at or by phone at (215)573-4204, or visit the website at