Jamal Adam Selected for 2009 NEH Immigration Institute

The IHRC congratulates affiliate Jamal A. Adam on being selected as one of 25 participants for the "American Immigration Revisited" National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in 2009.

Jamal Adam, a counselor and instructor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, partnered with the IHRC in fall 2008 to prepare a "Global Diversity" day exhibition at MCTC focused on Somali immigration.

Participants were selected through a competitive process, and finalists represent a wide variety of scholarship, college teaching experience, and backgrounds. The institute, organized by the National History Center, is one of 19 summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency that each summer supports seminars and institutes at colleges and universities so that teachers can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines. The program is also co-sponsored by the American Historical Association, the history department at American University, the Community College Humanities Association, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and the National Portrait Gallery.

Directed by Maureen Murphy Nutting, Professor of History at North Seattle Community College, and Alan Kraut, Professor of History at American University, the month-long program will bring together 25 two- and four-year college professors and immigration experts for four weeks at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The participants and the institute leaders will also take a three-day research trip to New York City to explore the immigrant experience of Ellis Island, Liberty Island, and the Downtown Tenement Museum.

The participants will explore four basic areas during the summer institute: American immigration part of a global phenomenon; migrations between cultures; changes in immigration law, policy, and practice; and approaches and resources for teaching immigration history. Those who complete the institute will take what they learn back to their communities, enrich their U.S. history courses and other courses that deal with immigration, and improve teaching and learning. Those who complete the institute will take what they learn back to their communities, enrich their U.S. history courses, and improve teaching and learning.