July 17- July 21, 2023

Closing Session: July 24, 2023


This one-week Summer Institute was for St. Louis metropolitan region high school
teachers who either incorporate aspects of Black culture, history, and literature in their courses or teach at a school that offers or plans to offer the AP/African American Studies course. The Institute centered St. Louis as the focal point for various themes and topics related to African & African American Studies.

The Institute:

  • gave teachers access to and knowledge about resources in Olin Library, particularly the Special Collections holdings related to African American culture, history, political movements, and arts, and
  • exposed teachers to Washington University scholars with expertise in African and African American Studies,
  • provided teachers support in developing content, instructional activities & field trips for incorporating St. Louis & Black Studies lessons into their course

Monday, July 17- Friday, July 21, 2023

This was a hands-on workshop. Each day of the week-long Institute was divided into a morning session (9:00AM-12:00PM), lunch, and an afternoon session (1:30PM-4:00PM). The morning session featured a presentation by a Washington University scholar on a specific theme or subject relevant to the institute. The afternoon session featured a presentation or a field trip to a relevant St. Louis or campus site.

Closing session: MOnday, July 24, 2023

On the closing day, Monday, July 24th, teachers presented ideas of how to incorporate information from the institute into their lesson plans or classes.