Congratulations Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted, PhD, EWU political science professor! She was awarded a $170,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities on Oct. 1. The grant provides funding for the Grand Coulee Dam workshops, which will be offered to K–12 teachers in our region next summer.

The Grand Coulee Dam teacher workshop explores how different social groups experience history—the actual historical events and the memory of those events. More specifically, the program unpacks the history of the Grand Coulee Dam as a landmark of contested narratives. One narrative celebrated the social, economic and cultural power of modernity. The other narrative focused on the loss of indigenous cultural identities and practices.

Participants will explore these historical dynamics in discussion with experts, site visits and engagement with primary historical material including oral histories, art, song and photography. The goal is to equip teachers with unique and meaningful analytical frameworks to engage their humanities and social science students in conversations centered on how social groups experience and interpret transformative changes of the landscape.

The Grand Coulee Dam workshops will be offered July 12–17 and July 19–24. Sessions will be held at EWU Spokane with site visits to the Kettle Falls Historical Society, the Grand Coulee Dam and the Colville Tribal Museum. The National Endowment for the Humanities recruits area K–12 teachers for these workshops through their social media sites, professional organizations and mailings. Each workshop has space for 36 teachers.

Project leaders and faculty come from Eastern Washington University, the University of Arizona, Washington State University and Maastricht University. The Grand Coulee Dam teacher workshops were last held two years ago.