Deborah Brothers, Ph.D. (of Springfield), professor of English at Lincoln Land Community College, has been selected to spend a month this summer at Harvard University as part of the 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute designed for university and college professors. “What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement?” will take place from June 26 to July 22 and is being held at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the host and Dr. Cornel West is serving as one of the instructors.
This year’s institute program will explore the African-American struggle for freedom and civil rights within the broad context of 20th century American history, considering the roots of the Civil Rights Movement, the process of racial change, and the nature of its achievements and legacies. NEH Summer Institute program participants will be appointed as visiting fellows of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, providing them with full access to the Harvard libraries and all other privileges afforded to visiting scholars and faculty. Faculty chose design curriculum and classroom projects from their original proposals, study and research.
This is Dr. Brothers’ second NEH Summer Institute scholar award. She says, “I am excited to have the chance to spend a month as a student, and am looking forward to exploring Harvard’s research libraries and archives.”
According to Tim Humphrey, dean of arts and humanities at LLCC, “I was excited to hear that Deborah Brothers was chosen to participate in the summer workshop at Harvard. With her experience and expertise in literature and social activism, I am confident that her project will have an impact for future generations.”