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"A More Perfect Union"

Apply Here by March 13th, 2022

The Idaho Humanities Council’s 2022 week-long summer teacher institute, titled “A More Perfect Union” will be held July 18-23, 2022 at the College of Idaho. Please apply through our application process by March 13th, 2022. 

Teacher education is a priority of the Idaho Humanities Council.  We have earned an excellent reputation among Idaho teachers and scholars for our outstanding annual summer institutes exploring history, government, literature, and other humanities disciplines.  Teacher institutes are week-long residency programs designed to provide intensive study on a focused topic. The council has hosted teacher institutes since the late 1980’s, sometimes through a subaward to another organization and sometimes as a council-conducted program.

The main goal of each institute is to immerse participants in the study of the humanities. We open the week to 30-40 teachers and provide a stipend and all expenses – room, board, texts and materials. We seek applicants from every region of the state and select participants to provide a balance in region, disciplines taught, grade levels taught, gender, and a mix of new participants with veteran institute participants. Teachers have the option to register for continuing education credits.

The institute will explore the history of America’s struggle to form a more just and inclusive society.  The value of an educated citizenry with a knowledge of the systems of government and a recognition of the importance of their participation in civic life will be emphasized while providing resources to teachers to help them teach critical thinking skills to their students as they prepare them to fully participate as engaged citizens.  The institute will include opportunities to examine racial justice, gender equality, experiences of Native Americans and other under-represented citizens through a careful consideration of ways these topics have been addressed both in laws and practice.

Participating scholars include Dr. David Green Jr. from CalState LA, Dr. Marie Stango from Idaho State University, Dr. Caroline Heldman from Occidental University and The Representation Project, Dr. Rebecca Scofield from the University of Idaho, Dr. Amy Canfield from Lewis and Clark State College, Dr. Liz Redd from Idaho State University, David Adler, President of The Alturas Institute, Cindy Wilson, Dulce Kersting-Lark, and Dr. Ron Hatzenbuehler from Idaho State University.

Teachers are eligible for a $250 travel stipend this year. The online application deadline is March 13th, 2022.  For more information,  call the IHC office at (208) 345-5346, or contact Program Officer Johanna Bringhurst at

This institute is made possible by the Endowment for Humanities Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This year's institute is also supported by the Idaho Courts Community Outreach grant program.

Past Summer Teacher Institutes

IHC's Summer Teacher Institutes are made possible by the Endowment for Humanities Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities.