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Dr. Roberts Wins NEH Summer Seminar Position

Apr 3, 2010

Dr. Timothy M. Roberts, Assistant Professor of History at WIU, has been selected as one of fourteen faculty members nationwide to participate in the 2010 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar on "The American Civil War at 150: New Approaches." This NEH Seminar will be held in Savannah, Georgia, and is designed to enable seminar members to conduct scholarly research related to the seminar's focus.

Dr. Roberts is responsible for teaching Western Illinois University's upper-division undergraduate course on the Civil War and Reconstruction, as well as offering graduate seminars on the Civil War. Last year, he authored a successful $2,500 grant application to the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring a traveling exhibit on Abraham Lincoln to Western Illinois University. He is coordinating the only appearance in Illinois of the traveling NEH exhibit, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," which, due to his efforts, will be at WIU's Library for a month during the Fall 2010 semester. WIU is one of only twenty-five locations nationwide, and the only one in Illinois, to be selected to host this special exhibit.

Dr. Roberts's conference presentation on "Teaching about the American Civil War in Turkey" at the 2009 American Historical Association Annual Conference, and his recent article in the Journal of American History, "Learning About Civil War, Separatism, and Nation-Building Through Teaching in the Turkish Republic," both reflect his commitment to enriching the teaching of the American Civil War.

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