Joanne Braxton, professor of English and director of the Middle Passage Project at William and Mary, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.
Braxton will participate in an institute titled “Black Aesthetics and African Centered Cultural Expressions: Sacred Systems in the Nexus between Cultural Studies, Religion and Philosophy.” The three-week program will be held at Emory University in Atlanta July 13-Aug. 1. It is co-directed by Pellom McDaniels, III, assistant professor in African American Studies and faculty curator of the African American Collections at the Manuscript, Archives and Race Book Library (MARBL) and Paul Carter Harrison, an award-winning playwright/director/theatre theorist.
The 25 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $2,700 to cover their travel, study and living expenses.
The approximately 437 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach over 113,925 American students the following year.