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University of Louisiana, Lafayette (Lafayette, LA 70503-2014)
Matthew Teutsch (Project Director: February 2015 to September 2015)
Cheylon Woods (Project Director: September 2015 to present)
Sheryl M. Curry (Co Project Director: September 2015 to present)
Matthew Teutsch (Co Project Director: September 2015 to present)

Ernest J. Gaines and the Southern Experience

A four-week institute for twenty-five college and university teachers on the works of Ernest Gaines in their literary contexts.

The Ernest J. Gaines Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette) proposes a four-week summer institute for 25 participants, 3 of which will be graduate students, to study the works of noted African American author Ernest J. Gaines, his influences, and his contemporaries. The institute will be held from May 31-June 24, 2016 on the UL Lafayette campus, and it will expand upon the previous 2 institutes that the center conducted for area high school teachers in 2014 and 2015. The 2016 institutes will focus on bringing the work of Ernest J. Gaines into the broader conversations of American, Southern, and African American literature. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from leading scholars on Gaines in the field. Participants will read all of Gaines' works and will be able to take full advantage of the Ernest J. Gaines Center's archives, which house all of his manuscripts, correspondence, reviews, and other materials.

Project fields:
African American History; African Studies; American Literature

Institutes for College and University Teachers

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$196,232 (approved)
$150,316 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2016