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Banner Moments: The National Anthem in American Life NEH Summer K-12 Teacher Institute
January 8, 2014 8:00 am
January 8, 2014 5:00 pm
January 8, 2014

Star Spangled Banner


Banner Moments: The National Anthem in American Life 

June 30–July 25, 2014 *** University of Maryland, College Park

Information and application: http://music.umich.edu/ami/bannermoments/index.htm

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Star-Spangled Music Foundation, the University of Michigan’s American Music Institute will hold a four-week-long Summer Institute from June 30th to July 25th, 2014, at the University of Maryland, College Park. Thirty schoolteachers will explore topics in American history and culture through the lens of our national anthem and related American music.

Teachers will examine a range of topics and events that have shaped and signaled American identity. Using the national anthem as a core text, the Summer Institute will explore both the music of the anthem and its role as a “witness” to American history in cultural, social, economic, and political life. Institute presenters will model best practices of arts-integration through experiential and project-based learning activities, both in classroom sessions and in visits to historic sites in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD.

The Institute will bring together scholars and performers from various styles, disciplines, and ethnic perspectives to address the role of music in American life from the Revolutionary era to the present. Each presenter is an eminent performer or researcher known for his or her ability to speak to a broad audience of non-specialists.

The Institute will be structured in four major chronological periods, each with associated musical texts, including “The Star-Spangled Banner” and pieces in dialogue with it. A set of thematic guiding questions designed to illuminate the competing forces of cohesion and division within each historical period will run throughout the Institute. Resident historian Anne Sarah Rubin, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) will ground the musical content in a historical framework

  • Week 1 (June 30–July 5): A New Union – The Revolutionary War to the beginning of the War of 1812
  • Week 2 (July 8–12): A Fragile Union – The Battle of Ft. McHenry though the Gilded Age
  • Week 3 (July 15–19): A Modern Union – The Progressive Era through World War II
  • Week 4 (July 22–26): A More Perfect Union? Post-War America to the present

Summer scholars will be in attendance between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. most days, with additional time for optional activities, research, and several evening events, including Independence Day on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Other experiences will include visits to the Library of Congress, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and the Maryland Historical Society, as well as a number of special lectures and performances.