Grace Nixon Institute
How to Apply
- NOTE: Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is February 1. The English Department will give funding priority to secondary teachers who apply for the Institute by this date. Please make sure we have your application form by that date, even if you haven’t yet completed an application to U of I.
- Check the Summer Session website for information about enrollment at U of I. Degree Credit is available to students in degree-seeking programs. You must be either admitted to the MAT or MA-Eng program or actively applying to the MA-Eng program in order to receive degree credit. Degree credit scholarships will be reserved for those students actively seeking a degree; additional awards will be based on remaining scholarship funding. Housing will be provided for the two-week on-campus portion of the Institute.
For more information about the 2018 Institute, email Jennifer Baillargeon-Hauck or call 208-885-6156.
In summer 2018, the Nixon Institute continues with its new format, which focuses on offering courses that will help participants (especially high school teachers) earn a Master of Arts degree.
This year’s institute includes both in-class and out-of-class portions. Students will receive a syllabus and reading list for the course in March. The in-class component of the class will take place in Moscow from June 18-29, and after that students will work on their final projects with the mentorship of faculty members.
Overview of Summer 2018 Courses
- Jennifer Ladino will offer Literature of the American West, a course that looks to literature from the last 150 years to explore how American identity is associated with “the West,” how Western iconography and mythology have changed over time, and how this regional writing is (and isn’t) distinct from other American literature.
- Tara McDonald will offer The Victorian Uncanny, a course that explores Victorian writers’ fascination with the uncanny and the occult, especially in light of the vast technological and social changes occurring within their society. This course satisfies the pre-1900 literature requirement for the MA-Eng degree.