July 17: Principles of Civility for NEH Seminars, Institutes and Workshops
The Endowment’s Seminars, Institutes, and Workshops are intended to extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics, texts, and issues; contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; and foster a community of inquiry that provides models of excellence in scholarship and teaching.
NEH expects that project directors will take responsibility for encouraging an ethos of openness and respect, upholding the basic norms of civil discourse.
Seminar, Institute, and Workshop presentations and discussions should be:
- firmly grounded in rigorous scholarship, and thoughtful analysis;
- conducted without partisan advocacy;
- respectful of divergent views;
- free of ad hominem commentary; and
- devoid of ethnic, religious, gender, disability, or racial bias.
NEH welcomes comments, concerns, or suggestions on these principles at email@example.com.
Electronic Welcome Packet:
INFORMATION SHEET (text below)
NEH Summer Institute Scholars:
Hello and welcome! We will see you in a few short (granted, the longest of the year) days! Below you will find information intended to help orient you to MSU, its facilities, and your arrival here. More information will be available in the Institute folders that you will receive when you arrive.
Cabs from airport (you won’t be able to just flag one down): Spartan Cab/Yellow Cab: 517-482-1444
MSU Maps: some maps included below; more available at http://maps.msu.edu/ (including driving directions)
Institute activities begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, at A332 Wells Hall. (Wells Hall (located near the center of the campus map below) is at 619 Red Cedar Rd (and houses a Starbucks); the A-wing is at the North end of Wells.) All regular sessions of the Institute will take place here, except on the last day of the institute.
The dorm is Owen Hall (735 E. Shaw Lane) (near the right side of the map).
Check-In at Owen Hall
Institute scholars who are staying at Owen Hall should check in at the Owen Hall service desk to receive room keys and an Institute folder. You can arrive at any time. We (in some sense of ‘we’) will be there to greet you inside Owen Hall and make sure all is well starting at least around 3 p.m., but whenever you come is ok. If we are not there, those at the service desk will have both your folder and your keys. After about 11 or 12, one has to press a buzzer to be let in, but that person can then check you in and give you the Institute folder and all that.
Those staying off-campus may pick up their folder on the first day of the Institute on Monday (or you can stop by Owen Hall on Sunday and perhaps meet your colleagues (and perhaps make dinner plans)!). The folder will include such things as: a more complete schedule, a campus map, a list of restaurant suggestions, a copy of the “bios and projects” file that has already been made available to you electronically, your MSU ID card. (Note that it won’t include the detailed schedule of readings (sent earlier and available on the website — http://nehinstitute.philosophy.msu.edu/?page_id=169), so you should be sure to bring that.)
Parking on Campus
If you bring a car, you will usually have to park it (free) at some distance from the dorm. (Probably lot 91 to the southeast – see below and map.) The parking rules that require this are not in force on Sundays, but by Monday morning at (I think) 7 a.m., they will be. At least by that point you’ll need to go to a meter, or lot 91, or get a parking pass at the MSU Parking Office (which opens at 7:30 a.m.).
More generally, there are several options for on-campus parking. Lots 89, 91, 83, and 75 are all free-parking zones throughout the duration of the Institute (see the map below for their locations). You may also elect to purchase a parking permit (which entitles you to park at a greater number of lots) at the MSU Parking Office (see below for location and hours). There is also some metered parking spread throughout campus and a number of private lots to the immediate north of campus (again, see MSU map, here or online).
Housing at Owen Hall
Recall about the rooms at Owen Hall: these are air-conditioned singles (sharing a bathroom with one other room that is to be occupied by another participant in the Institute) in the Visiting Scholar wing of Owen Residence Hall. Rooms include linens (sheets, pillow and pillowcase, blanket). Laundry facilities are available in the basement. Ethernet plug-in connections are available in the dorm rooms, and we will supply you with an Ethernet cable; wireless Internet is available in public areas of the buildings, but not in dorm rooms.
(A generic description of these rooms was distributed by Fred around Apr. 9th and again by Eric a few days ago: Note: Please ignore what it says about payment, check in/out, and about meals. Even as of this writing, we are not sure if there might be some culinary services in Owen – the default is that there will not be, which is why we have you going to Shaw Hall. “Elevated bed” refers to what they call “Trundle height” (31 inches from the floor).)
Classroom and Meals
Our Institute sessions will be held in (air-conditioned) Wells Hall, about a 15-minute walk (from Owen) (along the Red Cedar River that runs through campus). You will not have a “meal plan” that locks you in, but meals may be taken at “The Vista” in Shaw Hall (on the way between Owen and Wells Halls), which boasts a variety of food stations, and which overlooks the Red Cedar River. You can look up their varied menu at: http://eatatstate.com/menus/shaw. Breakfast is $5.99 (plus tax). Lunch, Dinner, and Late-Night food are $9.49 (plus tax). For lunch, there are also some “food court” options in the International Center, which is closer.
Campus Facilities at MSU http://www.msu.edu/
The MSU library is open regularly from 8 AM – 10 PM on weekdays, 11 AM – 5 PM on Saturdays, and 12 PM to 10 PM on Sundays. There is no identification requirement for using the library, but you will have MSU IDs in any case.
Broad Art Museum http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/
Admission to the Broad Art Museum (see below for location information) is free except in cases of special events. (We intend to fit in a group tour at some point.) Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM; Friday: 12 PM – 9 PM
Fitness Center & Pool http://recsports.msu.edu/Fitness/
There are three fitness centers on campus – IM East, IM West, and IM Circle – which you can access by means of your MSU ID. (There is a charge for using the exercise equipment.) See the website for pool hours.
IM East (close to Owen Hall) (Mon-Fri: 8 AM – 8 PM; Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM)
IM West (Mon-Thurs: 6 AM – 9:30 PM; Fri: 6 AM – 8 PM; Sat-Sun: 10 AM – 7 PM) IMCircle(Mon,Wed:6AM–8PM;Tues,Thurs:7AM -8PM;Fri:6AM–5PM)
If you bring your bike, note that you will need to register it, and this can be done beforehand on line — https://permits.police.msu.edu. There is also the option to rent a good bike for very little cost ($40/month), though they do not take advance reservation, and cannot guarantee availability http://bikes.msu.edu/?page_id=62. Hours: Monday – Friday (10 AM – 5 PM)
Parking Office http://www.police.msu.edu/parkingoffice.asp
The building is called “Public Safety” on the maps (on Red Cedar Rd., a couple
blocks south of Wells Hall).
See website. Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:45 PM.
Contact Information of local Institute people
517 348 4064
814 795 6976
517 – 488 – 8844
Graduate student, Philosophy
Graduate student, Philosophy
Philosophy Dept. Office Supervisor
May 7, 2015
Dear Summer Scholars of the 2015 NEH Summer Institute,
(1) Attached [in email May 7] is a document containing the bios and pictures we have collected from you. It is hoped that this will facilitate your getting to know one another and one another’s work.
(2) I no longer need to say “An electronic packet of a sizable portion of the readings will be made available to you by Eric in the coming very few days.”, because that has already happened.
(3) Just want to update on timing for your planning: The Institute will begin officially at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 22. For those arriving at the dorm (Owen) the day before, we are told you can arrive at any time. We (in some sense of ‘we’) will be there to greet you and make sure all is well starting around 3 p.m. Try to let us know if you plan to come earlier than that, but whenever you come is ok. You can also come by then, to say hi or make dinner plans, even if you aren’t staying in Owen. Concerning the last day, Friday, July 17, you may have read in the housing info that checkout is 11 a.m., but they have told us that checking out after lunch is fine.
- In a subsequent mailing, you’ll get things like a map and directions (as well as an updated schedule for the Institute itself).
(4) A note about various events outside the regular sessions: (a) The plan is to take a chunk of the first Saturday (June 27) and do a bit of a tour of local “redevelopment” themes – the plan is that this will be around Lansing. (b) There will be a public lecture by Bina Agarwal late in the day (say, 4 p.m.) on Monday, July 6. (c) We will have several parties – probably at or towards the end of each week. (d) We will have a tour of a spaceship: the Broad Art Museum (http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/).
(5) Your $3300 stipend will work as follows. First, let me emphasize that you will be receiving soon forms to sign that will be causally necessary for the creation of your checks – please sign and return them immediately. There will be two installments; the plan is to give them to you on the first and last days of the Institute, or as close as possible to that. The idea is to give you 2/3 of the stipend in the first check and 1/3 in the second, but with the following proviso for those of you staying in Owen: We are required to pay the housing costs directly, so this will come out of the first stipend payment. Staying in the dorm for the duration of the Institute (arriving June 21 and leaving July 17) will cost approximately $1150, so that first stipend payment would be ($2200 – $1150 =) $1050.
- Note the following: Some of you might have a preference for paying the housing costs yourself so that you can show evidence of expenses in case this helps you will other possible funding. But our housing office does not allow us to do this. What we can do is write you a letter that says that you have, in effect, paid this, because it comes out of your stipend. (This can be arranged once you get here.)
(6) We plan to get you MSU ID cards, and you will have access both to the MSU Library and to the athletic facilities (such as a pool). (There is a charge for using the exercise equipment.)
(7) Email: I am shortly headed out of country until about a week before the Institute. I will be in email contact in general, but the time between May 30 and June 13 will be more challenging. Also I will not be checking the firstname.lastname@example.org address. This will be checked by our new team member, Aidan Sprague-Rice, who is a philosophy graduate student here at MSU, and he can keep track of this and handle logistical questions for the Institute. But also feel free to cc me or Eric or contact us if you would find that useful.
April 9, 2015
Dear Summer Scholars of the NEH Institute on Development Ethics,
We are vey pleased that you have accepted our offer to be “NEH Summer Scholars” joining us this summer at the NEH Institute on Development Ethics, and we look forward to your forthcoming contributions to the event.
In this email we provide some details about the program and we also ask you to respond to us this weekend on the following two matters: (1) your biographies and project descriptions, and (2) housing.
BIO AND PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS
First, you will find below the bio and project paragraphs that we got or gleaned from your earlier material. We intend to compile these and send them out to the group in a few days, so that you can begin to get to know each other and your projects. We don’t suggest that you really do any careful editing here to try to make it perfect – you will have a chance to fill in details in some pre-Institute blog discussion, and of course you will have time at the meetings this summer to elaborate much further – but please look over your material, and if you wish to change something before distribution, we want to give you this last chance to do this.
It would also be very helpful for all if you could include a portrait photo of yourself, to allow others in the Institute to put faces to names more efficiently (especially guest lecturers, who are present only for a brief time). Please provide a photo for circulation in the group that you think will suit the purpose, or inform us that you wish to forego the photo.
Please send this information to the email@example.com address by this Sunday evening. In the email please also include further information (see details further below):
- photo and revised biography and project description (if the photo would take you longer, please send the other information right away)
- housing preference
- information on special needs related to housing, diet, disability accommodation for institute work, and any other such personal information you feel it is pertinent to share with us
Second, we’d like to hear right away whether you intend to make use of the default housing or whether you will be looking for something else. The commitment is only provisional: to say “yes” to the default housing will not lock you in until some time in early June, and we will let you know of the proper deadline well in advance. If you wish to explore alternate housing, you should do so quite soon. As mentioned on the website, we have reserved a block of air-conditioned rooms (singles, sharing a bathroom with one other room that is to be occupied by another participant in the Institute) in the Visiting Scholar wing of Owen Residence Hall for $42/night ($1134 for 27 nights). Rooms include linens (sheets, pillow and pillowcase, blanket). Laundry facilities are available in the basement. Ethernet plug-in connections are available in the dorm rooms; wireless Internet is available in public areas of the buildings, but not in dorm rooms.
(We attach a generic description of these rooms. Please ignore what it says about meals and about payment; we’ll provide details later. We will provide you with an Ether-net cable. “Elevated bed” refers to what they call “Trundle height” (31 inches from the floor).)
This is likely to be the most convenient and least expensive housing available for single individuals. These rooms are not suitable for couples (unless you were to rent the two adjoining rooms – please specify if you wish to do so). We will endeavor to help participants to secure alternative accommodation, particularly to allow for more family-friendly arrangements, but you should take it upon yourself to take care of this as soon as possible. You might begin a search with craigslist, etc. As a cost marker, the nearest residence hotel which includes Bachelor and one-bedroom suites is: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lants-towneplace-suites-east-lansing/. It currently shows very limited availability for the full span of the Institute. It may be that one can get a special university rate or 30-plus rate, or combination, by asking by phone. The lowest we’ve seen is 66 per night, and 100-120 per night may be the going rate.
CLASSROOM AND MEALS
Our Institute sessions will be held in (air-conditioned) Wells Hall, about a 15-minute walk away (along the Red Cedar River that runs through campus). Meals may be taken at “The Vista” in Shaw Hall (on the way between Owen and Wells Halls), which boasts a variety of food stations, and which overlooks the Red Cedar River. You can look up their varied menu at: http://eatatstate.com/menus/shaw. Breakfast is $5.99 (plus tax). Lunch, Dinner, and Late-Night food are $9.49 (plus tax). Housing services indicate that they can accommodate a great variety of dietary restrictions if we contact them beforehand (http://www.eatatstate.msu.edu/nutrition); so let us know about any such restrictions (nutritional or cultural). But there will be other options for meals, to be described in more detail later as the Institute is closer.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
If you are staying in Owen Hall, plan to arrive there sometime on Sunday, June 21. We will begin the Institute proper in Wells Hall at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22. (The schedule on the website will be updated and detailed in May.) As for departure, our last session will be in the morning of Friday, June 17. (It will be possible to stay in the dorms earlier or stay later afterwards; just let us know.)
CARS AND BIKES
We will give you more specific information about this as the time gets closer, but you might note the following, for now: If you bring a car, you will usually have to park it at some distance from the dorm (about a mile away; we’ll get instructions to you about how to avoid getting ticketed while loading or unloading at Owen Hall). MSU and environs is a good place to ride a bike. If you bring your bike, note that you will need to register it, and this can be done beforehand on line — https://permits.police.msu.edu. There is also the option to rent a good bike for very little cost ($40/month), though they do not take advance reservation, and cannot guarantee availability http://bikes.msu.edu/?page_id=62.
We will be re-consulting with our seven visiting lecturers to tune up planning for
sessions over the next two months, and we will be providing a detailed reading list tied to the particular sessions of the Institute, including both required and supplemental readings — as well as electronic access to much of the reading material by early May. Further information on the reading list — and in particular, a short list of some background items to get you started – will come to you very soon.
We will also construct a blog, to allow you to further introduce yourselves, express initial reactions, respond to the entries of others, provide further reflections and indicate research interests and possibilities for work at the Institute. This will of course help us to learn some things about each other to begin thinking about how we can work together.
Once again, welcome, and congratulations, also. You were selected from an interesting and varied group of candidates, and we had to turn away a good number of others to keep the institute within its required limits. The group itself is interesting and varied, and we hope, and expect, that you will find the experience fulfilling, and that you will contribute to the education and experience of all the rest of us at the institute.
We look forward to meeting you at the NEH institute in two months’ time.
Eric Palmer and Fred Gifford
By the way, we hope this doesn’t happen, but if you do find that you are in fact unable to come, do let us know as soon as you determined this so that we can let the next person in line know.