Summer Institute: The Company Town at Seabrook Farms, NJ

Monday, July 16, 2018
through Friday, July 27, 2018
Events will take place at multiple sites.


Andrew Urban

The Company Town at Seabrook Farms, NJ: Internment, Migration, and Resettlement in the WWII Era is a two-week summer institute for K-12 teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. It will take place at Rutgers University–New Brunswick from July 16 to 27, 2018.

At a moment when the United States' policies toward immigrants, refugees, and guestworkers have become a matter of national concern and an unavoidable topic of discussion in schools and homes across the country, a goal of this institute is to train teachers to become intermediaries who can direct these conversations to the analysis of historical evidence while also calling attention to the economic, political, and social issues at stake in the present.

Institute participants will be encouraged to compare Seabrook Farms to other locations where released internees, migrant workers, and refugees were sent during World War II and its aftermath. They will read and discuss readings that contextualize Japanese American internment, refugee resettlement, and guestworker programs as federal policies, and the legal, cultural, and social histories that surround these measures. They will be introduced to digitized primary sources and other materials that have been assembled for the institute, and each day will learn about what these materials contain and how they might be used in the classroom. Finally, institute participants will be given the autonomy to research, develop, and workshop curricular materials intended for use in their own classrooms. During the institute, participants will receive structured feedback and suggestions and from the institute’s faculty and from peers.

Applications for the NEH Summer Institute are currently being accepted until March 1, 2018. If you are a K-12 teacher in the United States and interested in applying, please consult the following website:

Non-library location