Date: 27 de dezembro de 2006 11h35min0s GMT-02:00
Subject: 2007 Summer Institutes
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The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Brazil is pleased to announce another round of Study of the United States Summer Institutes. Please note that the deadline for application is February 9, 2007. For additional information, please contact:
Cultural Affairs Specialist
Public Affairs Section – U.S. Embassy, Brazil
Tel: (61) 3312-7362
Fax: (61) 3321-2833
General Program Description
This message solicits candidate applications for six Summer Study of the United States Institutes for multinational groups of university faculty and other related scholars. Deadline for candidate applications to be received by the US Embassy in Brasília is February 9, 2007. A description of each individual institute can be below. Participants must be fluent in English.
Study of the United States Institutes are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of American society, culture and institutions. The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.
The institutes will take place at various colleges and universities throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in June 2007.
The Institute on American Civilization will provide a group of 18 people with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values and institutions. The program examines some of the critical historical epochs, movements, issues and conflicts that have influenced the development of the U.S. nation and its people and includes a strong contemporary component, particularly current political, social, and economic issues and debates. The complexity and heterogeneous nature of American society is highlighted as well as the institutions and values that have enabled the nation to accommodate that diversity.
Host Institution: to be determined
2. The Institute on American Politics and Political Thought will provide a group of 18 people with a deeper understanding of U.S. political institutions and major currents in American political thought. The institute provides an overview of the origins, development and current functioning of the American presidency, Congress and the federal judiciary. The institute also surveys important currents in the history of American political thought, including the Founding period, liberalism, republicanism, libertarianism, communitarianism, conservatism, neo-conservatism, etc.
Host Institution: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
3. The Institute on Contemporary American Literature will provide a group of 18 people a deeper understanding of recent American literature and criticism. Its purpose is twofold: first, to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; second, to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary American society and culture. The program explores the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools and movements reflect the traditions of the American literary canon and, at the same time, represent a departure from that tradition, establishing new directions for American literature.
Host Institution: University of Louisville, Kentucky.
4. The Institute on Foreign Policy will provide a group of 18 people a deeper understanding of the domestic institutional foundations - political, social, economic and cultural - of U.S. foreign policy with particular attention to the post-Cold War era. Principal themes, critical policy debates, and contemporary issues in U.S. foreign policy will be examined in light of the history of U.S. international relations since World War II and in the larger framework of U.S. diplomatic history as a whole. The program will illuminate the relationships between U.S. policies and the political, social and economic forces in the United States that constitute the domestic institutional context in which such policies are formulated, debated, and executed.
Host Institution: University of South Carolina.
5. The Institute on Journalism and Media will provide a group of 18 journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of journalism's and the media's roles 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.
Host Institution: To be determined.
6. The Institute on Religious Pluralism will provide a group of 18 people with a more comprehensive understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the United States. The program explores both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States, exposes participants to the diversity of religious practices in the United States, and to tolerance of this diversity. Moreover, it examines the many ways that these different religious practices have influenced - and have been influenced by - the development of American democracy.
Host Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara.
Other Essential Program Information:
Program Funding: Through a grant to the host institutions, the US Department of State will cover all participant costs, including: program administration, domestic travel and ground transportation, book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances, housing and subsistence.
B. Housing and Meal Arrangements: Typically, participants will have a private room with a shared bathroom during the residency portion (four weeks) of the institute, and will have to share a hotel room during the study tour (up to two weeks). Housing will typically be in college or university owned housing. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own. Full details will be provided once the grants have been approved. It is important that these arrangements be made clear to applicants and that they are comfortable with such housing arrangements, particularly sharing a hotel room with another participant for up to two weeks.
C. Health Insurance: All participants will receive the Department of State's coverage of $50,000 with a $25 deductible for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered.
D. Program Requirements and Restrictions: Participants are expected to participate fully in the program. They are expected to attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings. Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program. Please note that teaching methodology and pedagogical methods will not be addressed formally in the institute. Candidates should be aware that the institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. The institute should not be viewed as a research program. It is important that these requirements and restrictions be clear to all candidates before applications are submitted.
Candidate Description and Qualifications:
Candidates should be mid-career, highly-motivated and experienced professionals from institutions of higher education. While the educational level of participants will likely vary, most should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute.
B. The ideal candidate will also be an experienced professional with little or no prior experience in the United States, whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme. In this respect, while the applicant’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, an equally important factor is how participation in the institute will enhance course offerings in U.S. studies at the applicant’s home institution.
C. Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour. While senior faculty members are eligible applicants, the US Department of State will give first consideration to professionals who are likely to be comfortable with campus life and an active program schedule.
Other Factors for Consideration:
As a general rule, the US Department of State will not select more than one participant per country, per institute. Please be advised that the Study of the United States Institutes are highly competitive.
The following factors will be used in selecting: participants from among the nominations.
The clarity with which applicants address each of these factors strongly affects a candidate's chance of selection.
Justification: The justification statement is a critical portion of the application, as it offers the opportunity to provide specific reasons why the participation is particularly desirable in terms of enhancing the study of the United States at the home institution, or more broadly, in the home country. In the post/commission view, for example, would the nomination serve to strengthen an already established faculty, or is it intended to give a boost to a fledgling program? Is the applicant a leader within his or her field who is in a unique position to have a significant and immediate impact on curricular development, or is the applicant a younger professional with exceptional promise whose participation is likely to result in a substantial benefit to their home institution in the long run? Applicants are strongly encouraged to describe the role that their home institution plays. The justification statement need not be especially lengthy, but it should address these and other relevant issues noted in below.
Personal Statement: In order to get a better sense of potential participants' motivations and goals, the Department of State requests that each applicant provide a short personal statement (one page) indicating why he or she is interested in participating in the program and what he or she expects to get out of the experience.
English Language Ability: It is imperative that all candidates demonstrate English language fluency. Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions. English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute, both for your participant and participants from other countries.
Priority Consideration: Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component, who have limited experience in the United States, and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties. In addition, the US Department of State makes every effort to have both a geographic and gender balance in the makeup of the participants in the Institute.
Please submit applications by email by Friday, February 9, 2007 to email@example.com.
Applications must follow the format below. It is essential that items A-F are included and completely accurate.
A. Applicant’s full name, exactly as it appears on his/her passport. Clearly identify first, middle and surnames as they appear on passport.
B. Date of Birth (please spell out Month, Day, Year)
C. City of Birth
D. Country of Birth
E. Country of Residence
F. Country(ies) of Citizenship
G. Home Address, Telephone and E-mail
I. Medical, Physical, Dietary or other Personal Considerations: Please state any existing medical conditions or if you are currently taking any prescription medication. This will not affect selection, but will enable the host institution to make any necessary accommodations.
J. Current Position and Title
K. Current Institutional Affiliation and complete address
L. Work Experience, including previous positions and titles
M. Education, Academic and Professional Training, including degree earned and fields of specialization
N. Active Professional Memberships
O. Publications (please do not list any more than 10)
P. Previous Experience in the United States: Please list any and all trips to the United States and include approximate dates and the reason for travel.
Q. Family Residing in the United States: Please list any immediate family members who are currently residing in the United States, including city and state.
R. Evidence of English Fluency (e.g. personal interview, test score, etc.)
S. Statement justifying participation of nominee in the Institute: (please see above) (1) Current or projected extent of the U.S. Studies content of the course(s) and materials being taught or developed by the candidate; (2) Likely relevance of the program to the professional responsibilities of the candidate; (3) The potential impact of the candidate's participation on a greater understanding of American society and/or culture at his/her come institution (in terms of enhanced teaching and curricula, etc.);
T. Personal Statement (no more than one page) (see above)
Assessora Cultural - Cultural Affairs Specialist
Seção de Imprensa, Educação e Cultura - Public Affairs Section
Embaixada dos Estados Unidos
Tel. (61) 3312-7362
Fax: (61) 3321-2833