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Gaines Center Seeks Applicants for NEH Summer Scholar Institute

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The Ernest J. Gaines Center is seeking applicants to "Ernest J. Gaines and the Southern Experience," a four-week institute open to collegiate faculty and graduate students across the country, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Institute participants will:

  • Study the work of Ernest J. Gaines in the wider context of southern and American literature
  • Examine, observe and discuss the African American experience in the southern landscape
  • Work with leading scholars on individual research projects
  • Enjoy lectures, group discussions, film screenings and hand-on access to the Ernest J. Gaines Center collections, and
  • Explore important sites such as Cane River Historical Park and National Heritage Area, New Orleans, Vermilionville Living History & Folk Life Park and Pointe Coupee Parish.

The Institute takes place from May 30 - June 24, 2016. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2016.

For more information or to apply, visit the Ernest J Gaines Summer Scholar Institute or contact Cheylon Woods, Project Director and Archivist and Head of the Gaines Center, at (337) 482-1848 or

Opened in 2010, the Ernest J. Gaines Center is an international center for scholarship, programming, and community outreach on Ernest J. Gaines and his work. The center honors the work of UL Lafayette’s Writer-In-Residence Emeritus and provides a space for scholars and students to work with the Gaines papers and manuscripts.