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Participants in the 1999 American Studies Summer Institute held at Western Michigan UniversitySummer Institutes for the Study of the U.S. are six-week academic programs for multinational groups of university faculty from abroad. Institutes are held at university campuses throughout the United States and focus on a particular theme or topic in American studies. 18-30 foreign educators participate in each Summer Institute.

The purpose of these institutes is to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions overseas. Each program includes two components: an intensive, four-week academic seminar and a two-week study tour designed to reinforce the academic content of the seminar.

The Study of the U.S. Branch is currently seeking proposals from U.S. colleges and universities to conduct the following Institutes in the summer of 2000:

1. The U.S. Political System: Origin, Structure and Contemporary Issues

2. The Cultural Geography of the United States: American Regions

3. The United States Through Literature: Content and Method in American Studies

For further information on the program and on submitting a proposal, please click here.

During the Summer of 1999,
the following Institutes for educators were offered:

Institute Subject
Host Institution &
Summer Institute Websites
Foundations of U.S. Foreign Policy
The U.S. Political System
American Studies

Summer Institute Web Site

Western Michigan University

The U.S. Constitution

Center for the Study of Federalism at Temple University

U.S. Society

Summer Institute Web Site

Transregional Center for Democratic Studies at New School University

Reform in American History

Summer Institute Web Site

Boston College

Contemporary American Literature
History of the U.S.:
Religion in America

New York University

American Studies
(for Secondary Teachers and Teacher Trainers)
American Studies
(for Secondary Teachers and Teacher Trainers - Funded by Fulbright Commissions)

Two Study of the U.S. Institutes for professionals were also held:

American Studies for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Officials
New School University

Social Science Research & Public Policy
for Ukrainian Social Scientists

University of Kansas

The Institute for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Officials was intended to familiarize foreign government officials with issues in contemporary U.S. society and their relationship to the development of current U.S. foreign and economic policies.  The institute for Ukranian social scientists focused on social science research methodology and was held in cooperation with the European Union.

Interested applicants should contact the Public Affairs Office at the United States Embassy or Fulbright Commission in their home country for more information. The Study of the U.S. Branch only accepts nominations submitted by U.S. Embassies or Fulbright Commissions.

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