2023 Summer Institute for African American High School Teachers

African American Studies Summer Institute

This event was held from Monday, July 17 - Monday, July 24, 2023

African American Studies Summer Institute for High School Teachers

The one-week Summer Institute is 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 centers St. Louis as the focal point for various themes and topics related to African & African-American Studies.                      

The Institute:

  1.  exposes teachers to Washington University scholars with expertise in African and African American Studies in order to deepen their knowledge of the field,
  2.  gives teachers access to and knowledge about resources in Olin Library, particularly our Special Collections holdings such as the Hampton Archives and the recently acquired Charles Johnson collection, and 
  3. provides teachers support in developing content and instructional activities for incorporating Black Studies lessons into their courses.

Morning & Afternoon Sessions: 

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

Closing Session: 

On the closing day, teachers present ideas of how to incorporate information from the institute into their lesson plans or classes.

Questions? Contact us 


Our Sponsors:

Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity

The Department of African & African American Studies

The Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies & Center on Urban Research & Publich Policy 

The Department of Education

College of Arts & Sciences

Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Diversity

The WashU & Slavery Project

Faculty Leads


Gerald Early | Department of African and African-American Studies

Dr. Gerald Early, Interim Director of the Center for the Study of Race
Professor of English and of African & African-American Studies, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters


Shanti Parikh | Department of Anthropology

Dr. Shanti Parikh, Chair of African & African-American Studies
Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology & of African & African-American Studies


Marlon M. Bailey | Department of African and African-American Studies

Dr. Marlon Bailey, Faculty Member & Professor of African & African-American Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, & Faculty Affiliate in the Performing Arts Department & the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity
Associate Chair of African & African-American Studies, Co-Director of Graduate Studies


Workshop Leads

Christopher Tinson, Ph.D. : SLU

Dr. Christopher Tinson, Chair of African American Studies, SLU, Associate Professor of History


Zachary Manditch-Prottas | American Culture Studies

Dr. Zachary Manditch-Prottas, Lecturer in African and African American Studies and American Culture Studies


Apply | Summer in Kenya Program | Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Mungai Mutunya, Teaching Professor in African & African-American Studies, Kenya Summer Program Coordinator


Lauren Eldridge Stewart | Department of Music

Dr. Lauren Eldridge Stewart,  Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Performing Arts Department (Affiliate)
Department of African & African-American Studies (Affiliate)


Sowande' Mustakeem | Arts & Sciences

Dr. Sowande' Mustakeem, Associate Professor of History and of African and African-American Studies


Geoff Ward | Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity | Washington  University in St. Louis

Dr. Geoff Ward, Professor of African and African-American Studies, Faculty Affiliate in Sociology and American Culture Studies
Director, WashU & Slavery Project, Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2)


Visiting Sites 

Washington University in St. Louis University Libraries

Rudolph CLAY | Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri ...

Rudolph Clay, Head of Library Diversity Initiatives & Outreach, Senior Lecturer in African-American Studies
AFAS Subject Librarian


Profile Photo

Andy Uhrich, Curator of Film & Media


St. Louis National Blues Museum 

Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association