2015 Institute Announcement


Summer 2015: Development Ethics and Global Justice:
Gender, Economics and Environment

June 22 – July 17, 2015, Michigan State University

“Development Ethics and Global Justice: Gender, Economics and Environment” is a four-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute to be held Monday, June 22 to Friday, July 17 2015 on the campus of Michigan State University. It is intended for scholars — USA-affiliated university, college and community college, faculty and graduate students — and follows upon a similar successful 2013 NEH Institute, “Development Ethics: Questions, Challenges and Responsibilities.” The 2015 Institute will concern matters of global justice with an eye to gender disparity, distributive justice and individual economic opportunity, and our common environmental future. Feminist theory and care ethics, climate change, and women’s economic development in South Asia are particular strengths among guest speakers at the Institute. The post-2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will provide a focus for our consideration of the ethics and implications of policy concerning human and social development.

NEH Summer Institutes provide intensive collaborative study of texts, topics, and ideas central to undergraduate teaching in the humanities. Summer Institutes aim to prepare NEH Summer Scholars to return to their classrooms with deeper knowledge of current scholarship in key fields of the humanities. Institute co-directors Fred Gifford (Michigan State University) and Eric Palmer (Allegheny College) will gather twenty-five U.S. faculty members at Michigan State University to review the first generation of scholarship and frame the discussion for the next generation. They will work with the guidance of seven visiting speakers and three faculty experts at Michigan State University.

NEH guest speakers: Bina Agarwal, Alison Jaggar, Naila Kabeer, Serene Khader, Christine Koggel, Henry Shue, Asunción Lera St. Clair

Contributing MSU faculty: Stephen Esquith, Paul Thompson, Kyle Whyte

Twenty-five NEH Summer Scholars will participate for the four weeks of the Institute and will pursue individual work connected to the Institute’s subject matter. Scholars receive a $3300 stipend to defray expenses. Applications are encouraged from U.S.-chartered University and College faculty, part-time faculty, independent scholars, and others. Applications are also encouraged from graduate students, three of whom are expected among the participating group of NEH scholars. See the webpage for eligibility requirements. Please contact gifford@msu.edu or epalmer@allegheny.edu for further information. Application deadline: March 2, 2015.

Past NEH Faculty (2013): Frances Stewart, David Crocker, Paul Thompson (MSU), Leela Fernandes, Sandra Harding, Richard Peterson (MSU), Bronwyn Leebaw, Jay Drydyk, Stephen Esquith (MSU), Des Gasper, Nigel Dower, Kyle Whyte (MSU)

Past NEH Participants (2013): Corwin Aragon, Tayo Basquiat, Steven Brown, Max Cherem, Serena Cosgrove, Harry Coverston, Abi Doukhan, Debra Erickson, Lily Frank, Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, Sara Gavrell, Alba Hesselroth, David Hoekema, Chioke I’Anson, Mladjo Ivanovic, Lori Keleher,  Serene Khader, Stacy Kosko, Sidra Lawrence, Johanna Luttrell, Bindu Madhok, Anna Malavisi, Julie McDonald, Rekha Nath, Samantha Noll, Eddy Souffrant, Eileen Wallis, Daniel Whelan

Eligibility criteria: http://www.neh.gov/files/divisions/education/eligibility/college_university_eligibility_criteria.pdf

For more information: See the Directors’ letter to prospective participants.

Poster: Click Here


First step: fill out an NEH application cover sheet and email it to the institute directors, to let us know and receive updates:

The application cover sheet must be filled out online at this address:


Please follow the prompts.  Before you click the “submit” button, print out the cover sheet or make a .pdf and add it to your application package.  Then click “submit.”  At this point you will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for another NEH project.  If you do, follow the prompts to select the other project and repeat the process. You must submit a separate cover sheet online for each project to which you are applying in order to generate a unique tracking number for each distinct application. (Do not copy and paste to a new cover sheet.)

Second step: Review Directors’ letter and then Apply
Note that filling out a cover sheet is not the same as applying, so there is no penalty for changing your mind and filling out cover sheets for several projects, or for completing a new cover sheet if you have lost the information concerning one that you have already completed.


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