Teacher selected for humanities study

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

BARTLEY, Nebraska -- Bob Loshbaugh, a teacher at Southwest High School in Bartley, has been selected from a national applicant pool to attend one of 20 summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Endowment is a federal agency that each summer supports Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Bob will participate in a workshop titled The Most Southern Place on Earth; the Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi Delta. The program will be on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and directed by Dr. Luther Brown, Associate Dean for Rural and Regional Studies. The 40 teachers selected to participate each week will receive a stipend of $1,200 to help cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

The 20 Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops offered for teachers this summer explore a range of topics including exploration of the United States Pacific West Coast; the Industrial Revolution; Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn; the American Revolution; and Chicago skyscrapers.

The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi Delta will allow participants to explore the heritage of the Mississippi Delta. The Delta is a vast floodplain formed by the Mississippi River. It was still largely wilderness during the Civil War, and was rapidly cleared to support cotton plantations based on sharecropping. It is the birth place of the Blues and also Rock 'n' Roll.

It has been the scene of many civil rights activities and it has produced many political leaders, authors and artists. Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Charley Pride, Fanny Lou Hamer, Richard Wright, Hodding Carter, Craig Claiborne, and B.B. King all hail from the Mississippi Delta.

Workshop participants will travel throughout the Delta, visiting places where important events transpired and listening to lectures presented by historians and other experts.

For more information, please visit www.blueshighway.org or call 662-846-4311.

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