Teaching Connected Histories of the Mediterranean, a Summer Institute for Teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, was held in July 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Representing a partnership between George Mason University and the University of Denver, this program offered school teachers of courses such as world history, world geography, world religions, and global studies the opportunity to focus on the Mediterranean region from a world historical perspective. Under the guidance of leading scholars currently active in this field, participants explored ways to incorporate this dynamic region into their existing courses.
Building on the strengths of two leading universities in Middle East and Islamic Studies, this three-week summer program connected educators with the recent scholarship on this region and allowed them to access new curriculum materials developed under the direction of several prominent scholars, including some of the institute's faculty, for the K-12 classroom.
Teaching Connected Histories of the Mediterranean
An NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
Janina Safran is Associate Professor of History at Penn State University where she teaches a variety of courses on Islamic and Middle Eastern history with attention to society and culture. Her area of research is the Islamic west in the medieval period and her publications include two books: The Second Umayyad Caliphate: The Articulation of Caliphal Legitimacy in al-Andalus, and Defining Boundaries in al-Andalus: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Islamic Iberia. She is currently working on a book on the Almoravids whose regime linked Islamic Iberia and the Western Sahara. Read full bio
Nicholas Rockwell is Assistant Professor of Ancient History at the University of Denver. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 from UCLA and his MA (2001) and BA (1996) from Fresno State, where he also played football. He is currently finishing a book entitled The Boeotian Army: Military Integration and Ancient Greek Democracy, in which he examines the fundamental connections of warfare and politics in ancient Greece. He teaches courses at DU on ancient Greece, Rome, Egpyt, the Near East, and Classical Mythology. Read full bio
Andrea L. Stanton is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Denver. Dr. Stanton focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century Islam in the Levant. She obtained her MA and PhD from Columbia University and her BA from Williams College. Researching in the area of media and religious identity, she investigates the relationships between new technologies and claims to religious authority. Her first book, This is Jerusalem Calling: State Radio in Mandate Palestine, was published by the University of Texas Press in September 2013. Read full bio
Julia Clancy-Smith is Professor of History at the University of Arizona and was a consulting scholar on the Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean project. Her latest monograph is Mediterraneans: North Africa and Europe in an Age of Migration, c. 1800-1900 (California University Press, 2010). She co-edited Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City through Text and Image (Los Angeles/Seattle: The Getty Research Institute and University of Washington Press, 2009) and edited North Africa, Islam, and the Mediterranean World from the Almoravids to the Algerian War (Routledge, 2001). Read full bio
Edmund Burke III
Edmund Burke III is Research Professor of Modern Middle Eastern and World History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Director of its Center for World History. Burke’s long-term commitment to working with teachers includes leading the research group for World History For Us All at San Diego State University and NEH Summer Teacher Institutes. He served as a consulting scholar for the Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean project as well as Beyond Golden Age and Decline: Legacy of Muslim Societies in Global Modernity, 1300-1900 at George Mason University. Read full bio
We were privileged to have an outstanding faculty and thirty excellent participants from across the United States representing diverse grade levels, educational institutions, subject areas and specializations. We invite you to view our photo gallery here.
We are pleased to share materials from the institute, including participant portfolio projects, faculty lectures, presentations, and links to articles, which are all posted on this website.
See a full schedule and daily program here
Alex J. Novikoff, Assistant Professor of History, Fordham University, is a cultural historian of medieval Europe, with particular interests in the scholastic culture of the High Middle Ages, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, and on understanding the cultural force of ideas and literary genres as they transcend contexts in which they are created. He teaches medieval history, medieval intellectual history, the history of the crusades, and the three religions of medieval Spain. His second book is the forthcoming A Short History of Muslim Spain (IB Tauris). Read full bio
July 6-24, 2015 at the University of Denver, Colorado
Andrea Stanton, University of Denver
Susan Douglass, George Mason University