Disability and Identity in History, Literature, and Media

The Disability and Identity in History, Literature, and Media summer institute is for twenty-eight K-12 educators July 27-31, 2020. Participants explore disability and identity in history, literature, and media. Each day a new guest scholar joins the institute for a full day of active thought and conversation about disability and identity in the K-12 humanities curriculum. Elementary teachers, new teachers, and librarians encouraged to apply. Outcomes include understanding disability and identity; analyzing disability and identity in K-12 humanities curriculum; translating knowledge and analysis into K-12 teaching; and building a national network of resources and K-12 colleagues exploring disability and identity in the humanities curriculum.


Based on the covid19 pandemic, the NEH recently gave Summer Institute Directors three choices for their Institutes: (1) hold Institute as planned, (2) hold Institute online, (3) postpone Institute to summer 2021.

Dr. Gabel and the Institute Guest Scholars decided to postpone the Institute into summer 2021. Why? We do not know how long this crisis will last. We cannot be sure that everyone is prepared to participate online this summer. Postponing allows us all to adjust to post-covid19 contexts and to be able to fully engage in our Institute in 2021.

Given this decision, NEH policy requires our Institute to offer a new competition for summer 2021. You may choose to be considered in next year's applicant pool without reapplying. Or you may choose to reapply. As the NEH provides more details, I will be in contact with you.

Our new Summer Institute dates are August 2-6, 2021.

Susan L. Gabel, Ph.D.
Institute Director
Follow the Disability Identity Blog

The National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Learn more information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs.

Twitter icon

  Follow us on:


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this {article, book, exhibition, film, program, database, report, Web resource}, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.