During the 2017 NEH Summer Institute, the group met five days per week, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Typically, morning segments opened with a short lecture by guest speakers which elucidated the weekly themes with reference to the assigned readings. The lecture was then followed by general discussion so that participants could ask individual questions about the themes or the readings. The second part of the morning consisted of group activities designed by visiting scholars. Afternoons and some evenings were left free for study and additional meetings with guest scholars to discuss curriculum development and research projects. On some evenings, guest scholars gave short keynote addresses on aspects related to the institute’s themes. In preparation for the unit on cinema, there were be screenings of acclaimed films from the Maghreb.

Participants are sent several of the assigned readings prior to their arrival in order to prepare for the institute.  General cultural background information and specific articles will also be made available through this website and the institute's Blackboard site. Read the Letter from the Directors (PDF) for more details about the program.