People, Prairies, and Plains

N.E.H. Environmental History Institute
Kansas State University

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a grant to Kansas State University to support a four-week summer institute in 1995, and a follow-up weekend session in the summer of 1996, for the study of environmental history.

Teachers in the humanities and the sciences, K-12, were invited to apply for thirty fellowships at the Environmental History Institute.

The aim was to immerse K-12 teachers in the humanities and sciences in a study of environmental history. Participants explored, through rigorous reading, writing, and discussion, a variety of history texts that examine the complex web of people in nature. The participants used the experience to integrate environmental history into the curriculum and enrich their own classrooms. The Institute included presentations by nationally recognized visiting scholars and core faculty members; small-group dialogues with professors, historians, and master teachers; and individual reading, writing, and critical thinking.

The Environmental History Institute also published a newsletter. To view previous issues please click below.

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