NEH Summer Institute on East Central Europe

2014 NEH Summer Institute at Columbia University

America’s East Central Europeans: Migration and Memory
National Endowment for the Humanities
Summer Institute for College & University Teachers
Columbia University, East Central European Center
June 8-29, 2014

This NEH Summer Institute looks at 20th century Baltic, Western Slavic, South Slavic, Hungarian, as well as Jewish immigration to the United States from East Central Europe. Twenty-five NEH Summer Scholars will come together on the campus of Columbia University with some fifty master teachers and community representatives to address three core questions: First, what are some of the methodological and conceptual issues we should consider in the study of the East Central European emigrations? Second, how can we define the particular characteristics, motivations, and experiences of these immigrants? Finally, can we create a narrative synthesis of the “East Central European Experience” in America that could be integrated into broader courses on politics and immigration, sociology, and ethnic studies?
College teachers, independent scholars, museum curators, librarians and advanced graduate students are encouraged to apply for this competitive program. The application deadline is March 4, 2014, and successful applicants are notified March 31. Application information is available at or contact Co-Director Robert Davis ( 212 854-4701.

Individuals selected to participate will receive $2,700. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books and other research expenses, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends are taxable. Applicants to all projects, especially those held abroad, should note that supplements will not be given in cases where the stipend is insufficient to cover all expenses.

Seminar and institute participants are required to attend all meetings and to engage fully as professionals in the work of the project. During the project’s tenure, they may not undertake teaching assignments or any other professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project. Participants who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project must refund a pro-rata portion of the stipend.

At the end of the project’s residential period, NEH Summer Scholars will be asked to submit online evaluations in which they review their work during the summer and assess its value to their personal and professional development. These evaluations will become part of the project’s grant file.

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Robert H. Davis
Librarian for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, Columbia University
Librarian for Slavic and East European Studies, Cornell University
420 West 118th Street
309 Lehman Library
New York, NY 10027
212 854-4701

Note: You can also consult David Z. Chroust, editor of Zprávy SVU, who was an NEH Summer Scholar in last year’s three-week NEH Summer Institute at Columbia University on “America’s Russian-Speaking Immigrants and Refugees: Twentieth Century Migration and Memory.” At this summer’s NEH Institute David Chroust will present a paper and join the discussion on day sixteen, June 23, 2015: 10:00-12:00 Roundtable: Ad Fontes: Community Based Archives, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Historical Memory. David Chroust (Texas A&M, via Skype), Robert Davis, Marta Deyrup (Seton Hall), James Niessen, Wojciech Siemaszkiewicz (New York Public Library). Email: