The love of the humanities was in the air as several members of the team spent Valentine’s Day at an academic conference with hundreds of scholars from around the globe at the National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS) Conference in Dallas. Our session covered the process of creating an interdisciplinary team-taught humanities course to teach institutional history. We created the presentation to help instructors at other institutions consider methods of exploring local history with their students.

Dan Fuller discussed the planning for the course, including tips on NEH grant submission and team-taught syllabus planning. Sharon Melton discussed the course from her perspective as the instructor of record, covering tips to consider when implementing a course of this nature. Jean Greene ended the session with a discussion of how to best work with library services in an archives-based project. Jean also created the fantastic Prezi for our session that you see here!


While Jean and Dan were only in town for the day, Sharon has been able to attend NAAAS all week and is learning from her choice of over 600 presentations. We’ve also had the opportunity to share some information about the Summer Teacher’s Institute with NAAAS attendees to encourage applications for the institute. If you are a high school, community college, or university faculty member with an interest in exploring Southern Black education, we’d love to have you join us!