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Doctoral Student Kate Pezanowski Receives National Recognition

Pezanowski was selected to attend one of 21 summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Kate Pezanowski, a Ph.D. student in Penn State's Language & Literacy Education program and teacher in the State College Area School District, has been selected from a national applicant pool of teachers to attend one of 21 summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that each summer supports seminars and institutes at colleges and universities so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Pezanowski planned to participate in a seminar titled "Writing Africa: Comparative African and Western 'Palavers' and Perspectives." The three-week program takes place at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant and is directed by Dr. Maureen N. Eke, professor of English.

Fifteen teachers were selected to participate in the program. Each will receive a stipend of $2,400 to cover travel, study, and living expenses.

Topics for the 21 seminars and institutes offered for teachers this summer include the works of Achebe, Conrad, Kingsolver, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Soyinka, Chaucer, and Dante; the archaeology of the Mississippi River valley, the geography and culture of the American South, slavery in New England, cartography, poetry, jazz, World War II in France, ethnic diversity in China, and teaching Italian through Italian art. The approximately 440 teachers who participate in these studies will teach more than 50,000 American students the following year.