NEH Summer Institute for College and University Professors

The Mystic Seaport waterfront

“The American Maritime Commons” at The Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies at Mystic Seaport

An NEH Summer Institute for College and University Professors

July 2 – July 27, 2018

The purpose of “The American Maritime Commons” NEH Institute at Mystic Seaport is “to provide college teachers…with the opportunity to enhance course offerings by studying the influence of maritime activities on U.S. history and culture.”  This, the seventh such NEH Institute, will build on the latest research in studies of the sea, which, given the world oceans’ environmental crisis, has recently been the focus of increasing scholarly interest.  In a series of seminars, “The American Maritime Commons” will employ interdisciplinary perspectives on American maritime studies, with an emphasis on the most recent social, cultural and particularly ecological approaches.

The campus for the four weeks of study will be Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea. As the largest maritime museum in the nation, Mystic Seaport includes 17 acres of riverfront property, 60 historic buildings, 550 traditional watercraft, 1,000,000 manuscript pieces, and many thousands of artifacts.  While the seminar hall will be the focus of the institute, Mystic Seaport and the maritime region of which it is a part, will be used to inform further study through tours, and exploration.

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities“The American Maritime Commons” at the Frank C. Munson Institute has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.