Sharman Galezewski, an Oak Park resident who teaches at Jane Addams Elementary School in Palatine, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of fifteen NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that teachers can work with experts in humanities disciplines.
Sharman will participate in a workshop entitled "The Most Southern Place on Earth." The one-week program will be held at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi and is directed by Luther Brown, Director of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning.
The eighty teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a $1,200 stipend to help cover their travel, study, and living expenses.
Topics for the fifteen NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops offered for teachers this summer include Spanish, Mexican, and American California; exploration of the United States Pacific West Coast; music, history, and culture of the Mississippi Delta; the Missouri-Kansas border wars; the Industrial Revolution; Atlanta and civil rights history; the American Revolution; Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn; Chicago skyscrapers; New York City from 1877–2001; the Black Chicago Renaissance; Abraham Lincoln; history and culture of historic Santa Fe; African-American entrepreneurs in antebellum America; and the War of 1812 in the Great Lakes and Western Territories. The approximately 1,200 teachers who participate in these studies will teach over 150,000 American students the following year.