John Purdy

Grant Enables Teachers to Study Native American Literature

Indian Country
Sixteen teachers will study American Indian literature at Western Washington University this summer, thanks to a $122,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. During the five-week Summer Seminar for School Teachers, teachers will study four contemporary Native American novels: The Surrounded by D’Arcy McNickle (Métis), House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), Winter in the Blood by James Welch (Blackfeet/Gros Ventre), and Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo).

Schoolteachers to learn at Western this summer with help of NEH grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Western Washington University English Professor John Purdy a $122,000 grant to bring school teachers to Western for a summer seminar.

The NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers enables teachers to explore a topic or set of readings with an expert scholar. The principal goal of the seminar is to engage teachers in the scholarly enterprise and to expand and deepen their understanding of the humanities through reading, discussion, writing, and reflection.


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John Purdy, professor of English at Western Washington University, has been named a trustee for Humanities Washington, which provides and encourages cultural and educational programs across the state.

John Purdy (English) has book "Writing Indian, Native Conversations" published

John Purdy

"Writing Indian, Native Conversations," by John Purdy

John Purdy (English) is having his new book "Writing Indian, Native Conversations" published by the University of Nebraska Press. The book will be released Thursday, Oct. 1.

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