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Two CDS Teachers Selected for NEH Fellowships

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fourth Grade Head Teacher Moriah Grey and 7th/8th Grade Humanities Teacher Terry Ashkinos have both been selected to participate in fellowship programs sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Moriah Grey will participate in “Empires of the Wind: Exploration of the United States Pacific West Coast,” a five-day teacher workshop supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop program. 

Moriah will join university professors and noted historians this summer as they navigate through 400 years of West Coast history. Lectures will be conducted aboard the fleet of historic landmark ships of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The workshop culminates with an at-sea sailing adventure aboard the 145 ft. official state tall ship, Californian.

CDS 7th/8th Grade Humanities Teacher Terry Ashkinos also has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. This summer, Terry will participate in a seminar titled “East-Central Europe, 1989: The History and Philosophy of the Peaceful Revolutions.” He will spend three weeks in Berlin and one week in Prague. Terry is among just sixteen educators selected from a pool of 120 applicants.

Participants in the program will study early examples of dissent: the 1953 uprising in East Germany, the 1956 Hungarian revolution, and the Prague Spring in 1968. Also examined will be the fall of communism and the role of dissent in the peaceful revolutions of 1989. The seminar will include visiting scholars from the Frankfurt Institute for Transformation Studies at the Europa University Viadrina in Germany and Charles University in Prague.

We are very proud of the great work our teachers are doing, here in the classroom and far afield. We look forward to hearing from Moriah and Terry about these wonderful study opportunities and how they will benefit our students here at CDS.