Graduate Studies and AANNH Host Institutes for Educators

July 20th, 2005 by Adam

Plymouth State University Graduate Studies will host two educator institutes presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (AANNH).

Exploring Persian Culture through the Book of Kings is an institute for educators at all grade levels, July 25 – 29, presented by the AANNH as a pilot program for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

The institute is one of 12 chosen for funding by NEA in its effort to provide leadership in arts education by developing and evaluating pilot projects for educators, students and school administrators. The five-day institute, which is also supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, will immerse participants in the study of a seminal work of art and will result in standards-based curriculum units participating educators will pilot with their students in fall 2005.

Participants will study the culture of ancient, medieval and modern Persia, using The Shahnameh (Book of Kings), an important work of Persian literature. Its quasi-mythical stories of four great pre-Islamic empires were originally disseminated through oral tradition. Later, the stories were illustrated in a series of manuscripts.

Participants will learn how to design an integrated curriculum using the arts as a window on culture and society. The final project will be creation of a hand-made book with illustrations, text, calligraphy and commentary that will serve as a template for student work in the arts and humanities.

Registration for this institute is full, but students may add graduate credit at a cost of $110 per credit for in-state students and $120 per credit for non residents.

Contact PSU Graduate Studies at or call (603) 535-2734 for information about graduate credits.

Cross Cultural Exchange in the Indian Ocean Teacher Institute August 1-5, which is funded in part by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, is designed for arts educators, classroom teachers and history and literature specialists at all grade levels.

The Indian Ocean is a world of exchange connecting diverse societies across time. It has been the scene of interactions where people have met to trade, borrow and share everything from stories, songs, weapons and tools to beasts, foods, textiles, laws, gods, rituals and dreams.

This five-day interdisciplinary institute explores the culture and history of the Indian Ocean community through art, history, anthropology, geography, meteorology, religion and music. Workshops include classroom connection activities, presentations and facilitated discussions, hands-on art activities, movement and reflection workshops and a public demonstration of Indonesian musical instruments and puppetry.

The demonstration will be held Wednesday, August 3 at 7 p.m. in Draper and Maynard 201. Please call the Arts Alliance at the number below for information about the demonstration program, as seating is limited.

Three graduate credits and room and board arrangements are available through PSU at or by phone at (603) 535-2734.

The registration fee (institute only—does not include graduate credit) is $35. Some scholarships are available for room and board. Applicants should register with the Arts Alliance of Northern NH at
or call 603- 726-884), and with PSU for graduate credit.