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"Get Up, Stand Up: Resistance Through Popular Music and Poetry"

July 19-24, 2021 Summer Teacher Institute

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Idaho Humanities Council made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 institute focusing on poetry as protest.  The topic was updated and will occur with the new title in 2021.  Teachers selected for the 2020 institute were given the option to commit to attend in 2021 or withdraw. 

 Therefore, the 2021 institute is currently full and no additional applications are being accepted.  Check this website periodically as we will update it and open up the application link if any openings become available.  Thank you for understanding – keep watching the website and press releases for the announcement of the 2022 teacher institute!

The Idaho Humanities Council’s 2021 weeklong summer teacher institute, titled Get Up, Stand Up: Resistance Through Popular Music and Poetry,” will be held July 19-24, 2021 (Monday through Saturday), on the campus of the College of Idaho.   

During this extraordinary time in U.S. history, institute participants will examine protest poetry and music as scholars focus on an exploration of historical and contemporary protest expressions around the country.  Selected teachers will join in lectures and discussions, watch films, attend workshops, and collaborate with one another and the leading scholars to immerse themselves for the week.  They will return to their classrooms armed with resources and renewed motivation to incorporate the topic into their curriculum.  Evening presentations on the topic will be scheduled during the week and will be free and open to the general public.

Scholar presenters confirmed so far include Carolyn González, California State University Monterey Bay, Jan Johnson, University of Idaho, and Bob Santelli, Director, Grammy Museum.  More information, including application details, will be available January 2021 at   

Past Summer Teacher Institutes