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Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, CT 06355-1946)
Glenn Gordinier (Project Director: March 2017 to present)
Eric Paul Roorda (Co Project Director: August 2017 to present)
The American Maritime Commons

A four-week institute for twenty college and university faculty to study the social, cultural, and environmental history of American maritime regions.

Mystic Seaport's Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies seeks NEH funding to host a four-week summer 2018 institute for college/university faculty titled "The American Maritime Commons." The Institute builds on the Museum's successful record of six previous NEH institutes. Aligning with the new NEH "Common Good" initiative, seeking to connect the study of the humanities to the current conditions of national life, "The American Maritime Commons" will employ interdisciplinary perspectives on American maritime studies, with an emphasis on recent social, cultural, and ecological approaches and current research. The Institute will consist of a series of seminars led by 14 visiting scholars and co-directors Dr. Glenn Gordinier and Dr. Eric Roorda. Participants will enhance their course offerings through intensive studies, dialogue, and reflection on the influence of maritime activities on U.S. history and culture.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Institutes for College and University Teachers

Education Programs

$154,811 (approved)
$154,811 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 12/31/2018