June 21 – July 2, 2021

"We The People"

Migrant Waves in the Making of America

Virtual NEH Summer Institute

Explore migration as a constant in U.S. history through a case study of Arizona, the last continental state added to the union. This perspective allows participants to immerse themselves in the stories left out of traditional narratives, especially those of people of color.

Teachers will learn virtually through literature, museum visits, visiting scholars, and digital inquiry to examine the histories that have been erased, as well as to plan a study of their own state’s history around past and current waves of migration.

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Cuk Son is a story.
Tucson is a linguistic alternative.
The story is in the many languages
still heard in this place of
Black Mountains.
They are in the echo of lost, forgotten languages
heard here even before the people arrived.

The true story of this place
recalls people walking
deserts all their lives and
continuing today, if only
in their dreams.
The true story is ringing
in their footsteps in a
place so quiet, they can hear
their blood moving
through their veins.
Their stories give shape to the
mountains encircling this place.

Ofelia Zepeda, from Where Clouds are Formed (2008). University of Arizona Press.