Past Institutes


— 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.


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. 



If you have questions or would like more information about the Institute, please contact the Project Co-Director Sahar Muradi at


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Institute participants

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