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Bohan receives NEH grant for U.S. history project

College of Education and Human Development Professor Chara Bohan received a $132,588 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a two-week teacher institute for U.S. history teachers.

The institute, entitled, “Courting Liberty: Slavery and Equality Under the Constitution, 1770-1870,” will bring together 25 teachers from across the country to discuss slavery and equality as constitutional issues in early United States history.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit historical sites in Atlanta and Charleston, S.C., examine primary sources related to slavery and equality, and attend seminars led by a panel of expert faculty from across the country who bring expertise in African American studies, history, education and law, according to Rhonda Webb, social studies department chair at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga., and a CEHD doctoral student working on the project.

“We hope to introduce teachers to some of the leading humanities scholars who have written about the concepts of liberty and equality under the Constitution in early American history,” said Bohan, who is co-directing the institute with Georgia State University historian H. Robert Baker. “We will also introduce teachers to primary source documents and they will construct projects using the ideas learned in the institute that will be posted online.”

This grant is one of 212 projects that received National Endowment for the Humanities funding this year. The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency that supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other humanities subjects by funding select projects from researchers around the country.

For more information about the grant, visit http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2015-07-28.