Summer Seminar Opportunities

The National Endowment for Humanities summer seminar allows for sixteen school teachers to explore a topic or set of readings with an expert scholar. Kerry Sheppard will be studying Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy for six weeks (July 24 – August 5) in Siena, Italy. As the director put it, “[Dante] refers specifically and recurrently to Italy's hills and mountains and forests and urban spaces. Living in a city whose medieval architecture and whose town plan remain substantially intact and whose relationship with the surrounding countryside is much the same as it was in Dante's time will enable us to understand this aspect of the poem in a way possible only in an on-site program of study in central Italy.” In addition to her time in Siena, the program has arranged side trips to Ravenna, Rome, San Gimignano, Florence, Orvieto, and Assisi.

The application process for these summer seminars include a 4-page essay that addresses the candidate’s reasons for applying, their interest in the material, and their qualifications; two letters of recommendation, and a résumé.  Full-time school teachers across the country and even those teaching abroad (if the majority of their students are American citizens) may apply.

Questions? Contact  Kerry Sheppard  804-354-6800 ext. 2369 or