We kicked off our first Holtzclaw Summer Teacher’s Institute this week by bringing together educators from around the country (and world!) for a week of discussion centered around our shared reading list. In July, the participants will visit the campus for a week of face-to-face study culminating in the creation of a teaching unit the participants will be able to use in their own contexts.


2017 Summer Institute Participants

Raymond Brooker is a librarian at Laurel (MS) High School.

Phredd Evans teaches American history, government and world geography at Millwood (OK) High School.

Cedric Hollis teaches music education in Memphis, TN.

Melissa Janczewski Jones teaches history at Mississippi College in Clinton.

Ashley Craig Lancaster teaches composition and literature at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, MS.

Enock Mudzamiri is from Zimbabwe and teaches at the University of South Africa.

Arnetra Pleas teaches composition and literature, including African American literature, at Holmes Community College in Ridgeland, MS.

Morgan Ricks is a history instructor at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville.

Donnie Stowers teaches history, including African American Studies, at Raymond (MS) High School.

Erika Witt is a librarian at Southern University in New Orleans and curates the traditional African art collection there, among other responsibilities.

Week 1 Schedule

Monday — Introductions, Seminar Scope

Tuesday — Discussion of Black Man’s Burden

Wednesday — Discussion of A Dreadful Deceit with author Jacqueline Jones

Thursday — Discussion of Anderson’s Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935.

Friday — Discussion of Ever is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi’s Dark Past, A Memoir.