Goals of the Institute

The goals of the Institute are to provide K-12 teachers with humanities-focused resources to help broaden curriculum to include content relating to the globalizing efforts of the great Mongol Empire. Teachers in social studies, history, art, literature will be anticipated audiences, though teachers in other fields will also benefit. The Institute will be organized to engage teachers with stimulating presentations, materials, and discussions, and to provide them with necessary tools to build draft course modules tailored to their institutional and individual teaching circumstances.

The weekly model and format of the Institute build on past successful NEH Summer Institutes for university and college educators conducted by Morris Rossabi, a 2014 institute titled The Mongols and the Eurasian Nexus of Global History, and a 2016 institute co-directed with David Dettmann titled Modern Mongolia: Heritage and Tradition Amid Changing Realities, with plenary sessions along with discussions and small group work on special interest topics. The Institute’s expert presenters will spend extra time with the group of participants, in order to address new questions and ideas that participants may have. Each Friday will be totally dedicated to engaging participants to follow up on the week’s material when Professor Rossabi and principal speakers from the week will open the floor for questions, discussion, and ideas.

One addition to the weekly model of past successful Institutes will be two special pedagogical session on best practices, coordinated in with University of Pennsylvania’s Center for East Asian Studies’ specialists Lesley Solomon and Margaret Lonzetta who actively work with Philadelphia-area teachers on teaching global content. These special sessions will be themed “best practices”, and pedagogical and thematic ideas for implementing global history content in the curriculum. See Professional development for more details.

Institute Readings

All Institute participants will be expected to read the following background texts:

  • Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire, edited by William Fitzhugh, et. al. (Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2nd. ed., 2013)
  • The Mongol Art of War: Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Military System, by Timothy May (Westholme Publishing, 2007)
  • The Mongols and Global History, by Morris Rossabi (Norton, 2010)

Additional reading assignments for the program will be posted on the Institute website, and Institute participants will also receive full topical bibliographies upon acceptance, with reading suggestions according to their unique teaching backgrounds and interests.


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