Grace Nixon Institute
How to Apply
- NOTE: Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is February 15. The English Department will give funding priority to secondary teachers who apply for the Institute by this date. Please make sure we have your application form by that date, even if you haven’t yet completed an application to U of I.
- Check the Summer Session website for information about enrollment at U of I. Each course in the 2020 Institute is available in two tracks: degree credit and professional development. Degree Credit is available to students in degree-seeking programs. You must be either admitted to the MAT or MA-Eng program or actively applying to the MA-Eng program in order to receive degree credit. Degree credit scholarships will be reserved for those students actively seeking a degree; additional awards will be based on remaining scholarship funding. Students taking courses for degree credit will earn a letter grade, while students taking courses for professional development will be assessed in terms of pass/fail. Please note: students will not be able to convert professional development courses to degree credit at a later date.
For more information about the 2020 Institute, and to have the application emailed to you, email Jennifer Baillargeon-Hauck or call 208-885-6156.
In summer 2020, the Nixon Institute continues with its new format, which focuses on offering courses that will help participants (especially high school teachers) earn a Master of Arts degree.
This year’s institute includes both in-class and out-of-class portions. Students will receive a syllabus and reading list for the course in March. The in-class component of the class will take place in Moscow from June 14-27, and after that students will work on their final projects with the mentorship of faculty members.
Overview of Summer 2020 Courses
- Alexandra Teague will offer "African-American Poetry." This course will explore a range of innovative and influential poems from African-American poets historical and contemporary, including work from the Harlem Renaissance poets, the blues tradition, High Modernism, the Black Arts movement, the Cave Canem group, and numerous contemporary poets active today.
- Jennifer Ladino will offer "Thinking Feeling: Emotions in Literature, Teaching, and the World." In this course, we will approach emotion, or affect, from theoretical, literary-critical, interdisciplinary, and pedagogical perspectives, in order to gain a better sense of how readers, viewers, and students experience emotional responses to texts, and how affect circulates in complicated intertextual and interpersonal ways. We'll consider the role of emotions in generating empathy (in readers, for example), evaluate how emotions like love, anger and shame function in public discourse, and think about how emotions and affect are generated not just within but perhaps by particular environments.