Monday, September 27, 2010

Nomination is now open for 2011 Study of the United States Summer Institutes for educators

United States Embassy-Manila is pleased to announce that the nominations for the 2011 Study of the United States Summer Institutes (SUSI) for educators is now open until November 12, 2010. SUSI recipients for 2011 will have their six week intensive, post level academic programs which involve understanding American society, culture and institutions. The six-week program is divided in to two parts, four weeks in a classroom based study in an American university and the last two weeks is a study tours in other parts of the United States.

The main objective of SUSI is to strengthen the curricula and improve teaching quality of teachers who handles American related subjects in other countries like the Philippines. The seven summer institutes are as follows:

1) The Study of the U.S. Institute for “Secondary Educators” for English teachers, secondary teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Department of Education officials or other related professional with responsibility for secondary education who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula. This program will have a strong component in U.S. Studies. Through a combination of traditional, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, the program will elucidate the history and evolution of U.S. educational institutions and values. The program also serves to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society. The institute site will be held at the Institute for Training and Development at Amherst, Massachusetts.

2) The Study of the U.S. Institute on “U.S. Culture and American Society” will provide participants a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The program will examine the ethnic, racial, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested themselves in U.S. society, and the ways in which these cultures have influenced both social movements and historical epochs throughout U.S. history. The program will draw from a model of how a local university might approach the study of U.S. culture and society. The institute will take place at New York University.

3) The Study of the U.S. Institute on “American Politics and Political Thought” will provide participants with a deeper understanding of U.S. political institutions and major currents in American political thought. The institute will also provide participants insight into how intellectual and political movements have influenced modern American political institutions. The program will provide an overview of political thought during the founding period (constitutional foundations), and the development and current functioning of the American presidency, Congress, and the federal judiciary. The examination of political institutions will be expanded to include the electoral system, political media and think tanks, or the welfare/regulatory state. The institute will also address modern political and cultural issues in the United States (including, but not limited to, civil rights, women’s rights, immigration, and other issues), and the significance of public discourse in the formulation of public policy. The institute site will be determined at a later date.

4) The Study of the U.S. Institute on “Contemporary American Literature” will provide participants a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American literature. Its purpose is twofold: to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary American society and culture. The program will explore the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools and movements reflect the traditions of the American literary canon. At the same time, the program will expose participants to writers who represent a departure from that tradition, and who are establishing new directions for American literature. The institute site will be determined at a later date.
5) The Study of the U.S. Institute on “U.S. Foreign Policy” will provide participants a deeper understanding of how U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented with an emphasis on the post-Cold War period. This institute will begin with a review of the historical development of U.S. foreign policy and cover significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have dominated U.S. foreign policy. In addition, the institute will explain the role of key players in the field of foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches, the media, public opinion, think-tanks, non-governmental and international organizations and how these players debate, cooperate, influence policy, and are held accountable. The institute will be determined at a later date.

6) The Study of the U.S. Institute on “Journalism and Media” will provide journalism faculty and other related specialists a deeper understanding of the roles of journalism and the media in U.S. society. It will examine major topics in journalism, including the concept of a free press, First Amendment rights, and the media’s relationship to the public interest. The legal and ethical questions posed by journalism will be incorporated into every aspect of the institute. The institute will cover strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, reporting, writing and editing. The program will also highlight technology’s impact on journalism, addressing the influence of the Internet, the globalization of the news media, the growth of satellite television and radio networks, and other advances in media that are transforming the profession. The institute site will take place at Ohio University.

7) The Study of the U.S. Institute on “Religious Pluralism in the United States” will provide participants a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the United States and its intersection with American democracy. Employing a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on fields such as history, political science, sociology, anthropology, law and others where appropriate, the program will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States; examine the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by, the development of American-style democracy; examine the intersections of religion and politics in the United States in such areas as elections, public policy, and foreign policy; and explore the sociology and demography of religion in the United States today, including a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs and its impact on American politics. The institute site will be determined at a later date.

Candidates for the eligibility for the said nomination includes the age requirements is from 20 to 50 years old that is highly motivated and experienced professionals from institutions of higher educations. Participants must have at least graduated with a degree and has substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the institute.

The US Embassy will provide the chosen participant with a roundtrip international air fare, domestic travel and ground transportation, program administration, housing and subsistence, and books, mailing and incidental allowances, all expenses will be covered. Aspiring nominees must submit the form and must be critical in providing informations. There will be two screening process; first in the Philippines and second on Washington, USA. Email the form to Tony Perez, Cultural Affairs Specialist for American Studies, at PerezAS@state.gov or call 301- 2520.

Download the form here.




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