Denson attends NEH Summer Institute

Andrew Denson, WCU associate professor of history, was chosen to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute hosted by the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah in June.

With a theme of “Recognizing an Imperfect Past: History, Memory and the American Public,” the institute allowed college and university professors to explore how the U.S. recognizes, remembers and memorializes controversial people and events of the American past through a modern-day lens and what role scholars can play in shaping and leading that national discussion.

“The institute provided a wealth of new ideas for lessons and activities for my ‘History and Memory in the South’ class while also helping me to think about my new research project, a study of commemoration, race and place-making in the U.S. system of national historic trails,” Denson said.

Denson was one of 25 scholars chosen from nearly 100 applicants for the two-week program, which is funded with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.