Past Institutes

Co-Coordinator Sahar Muradi at Untermyer Park
Co-Coordinator Sahar Muradi at Untermyer Park

Project co-coordinator Sahar Muradi recites a ghazal about gardens by the great Persian poet Hafiz at the Indo-Persian inspired Untermyer Park Gardens (photo by: Amanda Dargan)

Haifa Bint-Kadi at Untermyer Gardens
Haifa Bint-Kadi at Untermyer Gardens

Artist Haifa Bint-Kadi stands at the gates of the Untermyer Park and Gardens in Yonkers, NY

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Co-Coordinator Sahar Muradi at Untermyer Park
Co-Coordinator Sahar Muradi at Untermyer Park

Project co-coordinator Sahar Muradi recites a ghazal about gardens by the great Persian poet Hafiz at the Indo-Persian inspired Untermyer Park Gardens (photo by: Amanda Dargan)

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2018

WHAT TEACHERS SAY

— Sarah Heard, high school history teacher

Most of the content is new to me, so I am enjoying learning. Much of this lies outside what I teach, and it is energizing to be pushed beyond my comfort zone a bit.

2016 Summer Scholars Institute

City Lore’s 2016 NEH Summer Institute, A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts, took place from July 10-23 in New York City. Thirty teacher scholars attended, representing 13 different states, primary and secondary grades, public and private schools, and a variety of subjects, ranging from English to social studies and visual art to music to religion.

2016

Institute participants
Institute participants

Institute participants at the Indo-Persian-inspired gardens of Untermyer Park & Conservancy in Yonkers, NY.

Bait Bazi with the Summer Scholars
Bait Bazi with the Summer Scholars

Summer Scholars try their hand at a game of Bait Bazi, or South Asian poetic dueling

Summer scholars
Summer scholars

Summer Scholars conduct collaborative English translations of poems.

Institute participants
Institute participants

Institute participants at the Indo-Persian-inspired gardens of Untermyer Park & Conservancy in Yonkers, NY.

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Sahadi's grocery
Sahadi's grocery

“Middle (F)Eastern Brooklyn” – Meeting Charlie Sahadi, owner of Sahadi’s, the venerable Middle Eastern grocery located at 187 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn.

Culinary Discovery Walk
Culinary Discovery Walk

“Middle (F)Eastern Brooklyn”—A culinary discovery walk along a key stretch of Atlantic Avenue, center of Arab-American community life for decades, with Mary Ann DiNapoli, genealogist and local historian.

Screening with Kewulay Kamara
Screening with Kewulay Kamara

Screening: Selections from “In Search of Finah Misa Kule: Recovering a Lost Epic” with Dr. Steve Zeitlin and Sierra Leonean poet-historian Kewulay Kamara

Sahadi's grocery
Sahadi's grocery

“Middle (F)Eastern Brooklyn” – Meeting Charlie Sahadi, owner of Sahadi’s, the venerable Middle Eastern grocery located at 187 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn.

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2014 Summer Scholars Institute

City Lore’s inaugural NEH Summer Institute, A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through Poetry and Song, took place from July 13-27, 2014 in New York City. The institute brought together 29 K-12 educators from around the country with university scholars, translators, filmmakers, and poets to exchange ideas and learn from one another. As evidenced by the feedback from the teachers themselves (see below), they emerged with a deeper understanding of the role of the arts in Muslim cultures and with effective tools to convey that understanding to their students. 

2014