Buffalo Grove English Teacher Selected to Participate in Intensive Summer Humanities Program Exploring Alabama Civil Rights Legacy

Buffalo Grove High School English teacher, Ami E. Relf, was selected among hundreds of applying teachers to study Alabama's Legacy in the Civil Rights Movement for 3 weeks in Birmingham, Selma, Tuskegee, and Montgomery.

Ms. Relf is one of only 30 NEH Summer Scholars from a competitive, national applicant pool to attend NEH’s Summer Institute Stony Road We Trod, Exploring Alabama’s Civil Rights Legacy, from July 8, 2018 – July 28, 2018.
Summer Scholars participating  in Stony Road We Trod, Exploring Alabama’s Civil Rights Legacy Summer Institute is one of 32 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions.  The program aims at providing teachers the chance to study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Educators selected to take part in this intensive institute will participate in lectures by scholars, interact with iconic leaders and foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement, travel to key sites of memory as well as sites dedicated to the preservation of civil rights history (in Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, and Tuskegee, Alabama), and review archival film footage and other primary source documents as they develop curricular projects. 

Of the experience, Relf says, “In my classroom, I model and foster courageous dialogue around the current realities of race and justice in the United States. I am continuing to learn about the past struggles of systemic racism and discover poignant resources and strategies to move my school and community forward in dialogue and action.   I am hoping that the experience to write, study, research, and grow this summer will have a tremendously powerful impact on my outlook on life and teaching, which will provide my students an indirect experience and opportunity on how to live their day to day lives in a diverse society.”
Those wishing to learn more about the experience may check out the Alabama Humanities Foundation.


Contact: Ami Relf, BGHS English Teacher, 847-718-4326

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