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Loyola University Chicago School of Education Awarded
Fifth Grant for Summer Teacher Institute
School of Education to host k-12 teachers from around the U.S.
to study the history of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
during the summer of 2019

Chicago, August 21, 2018: Loyola University Chicago has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to fund its four-week teacher institute entitled “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, Democracy, 1877 to 1920.” The University will partner again with University of Illinois at Chicago to organize and produce the institute.

Charles Tocci, assistant professor in the School of Education, will serve as the institute’s project director. Robert Johnston, professor of history at University of Illinois at Chicago, is the institute’s academic director. Michael Biondo, social studies teacher at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, and Johanna Heppeler, social studies teacher at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Illinois, will serve as the director of teacher support and the institute’s master teacher, respectively.

According to Tocci, “We hear terms like ‘populist’ and ‘progressive’ quite often when it comes to American politics, and some even go as far as suggesting that we might be living through a ‘second Gilded Age.’ For teachers, this is both an enticing opportunity to teach about our history as well as to discuss what these ideas connect to our present day.”

From June 30 through July 26, 2019, 30 k-12 school teachers from around the country will deepen their knowledge and understanding of this crucial period through readings, discussions, lectures, inquiries into primary sources, and exploration of landmark historical and cultural resources across Chicago. The institute creates an intellectual space where teachers can contemplate and debate how individuals and groups defined, reformed, and contributed to a vision for American democracy during a period when radically different perspectives often dominated the public political and cultural discourse. Participating teachers will work with institute staff to adapt what they learn into teaching materials ready for their classrooms and sharing with colleagues.

The grant awarded to the University was one of 20 teacher institute grants announced by the NEH on August 8, 2018. “From nationally broadcast documentaries to summer workshops for high school teachers, the projects receiving funding today strengthen and sustain the cultural life of our nation and its citizens,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede.

More information about the institute and how teachers can apply will be announced in the coming months on the program’s website at GildedAndProgressive.com.

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About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.



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