Moore Selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Participant

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Marlon Moore, UNCW assistant professor of English and scholar of African American literature, has been selected to attend one of 30 seminars supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Each summer, NEH, a federal agency, supports enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Moore will participate in an institute entitled "Finding Mississippi in the National Civil Rights Narrative: Struggle, Institution Building, and Power at the Local Level." The program will be held at Jackson State University, June 8-28.

The summer institute highlights the various narratives of the Civil Rights Movement and will briefly survey the history of African Americans from slavery through the crucibles of the Civil War and Reconstruction and during the dark journey of Jim Crow. Participants will explore the struggle for freedom in Mississippi while comparing it to significant events in other parts of the American South.

The participants will engage in thought-provoking discussions and lectures led by veteran civil rights activists and scholars and travel to prominent historic sites, such as the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and Fannie Lou Hamer's home in Ruleville, Mississippi. The end of the institute coincides with the weeklong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer.

In addition to the positive impact this intensive study will have on her teaching of literature of the Civil Rights Movement, Moore anticipates it will add depth to her current research into representations of Mississippi in African American literature and black-cast films of the late twentieth century.

"This is such an incredible opportunity, not only for intellectual stimulation and growth, but for an experience that will surely enrich my teaching," she says. "Everything I teach connects to this history somehow."