Connecting Virginia’s Past to the History of Japanese American WWII Incarceration

Full Spectrum Features and The Library of Virginia are pleased to announce the Hidden Histories Teacher Research Fellowship. The fellowship will provide educators with specialized training and access to Library of Virginia resources to conduct research into Japanese-American incarceration during World War II. Fellows will also be given access to Full Spectrum’s collection of short narrative films about the incarceration (entitled “Hidden Histories”), as well as the award-winning digital history tool The Orange Story. Over the course of the summer, fellows will work with Full Spectrum Features staff members, Library of Virginia staff members, and historians to learn more about and pursue research around Asian American history, both nationally and in the commonwealth, with particular attention to the history of Japanese-American incarceration and Executive Order 9066. The fellowship award includes a $2,000 stipend as well as a $500 discretionary stipend to cover travel, conference fees, or other related project expenses.

The goal is for the Fellow to walk away equipped with deep knowledge of Japanese American WWII incarceration history, relevant to local Virginia history. Using these learnings, Fellows will develop and conduct accredited professional development workshops for other Virginia-based K-12 teachers, to equip them with the tools to teach the history of Japanese American WWII incarceration, contextualized with an introduction to Asian American history, in their classrooms.

The Library of Virginia and Full Spectrum Features are seeking three Fellows that have an interest in researching Asian American history and how to apply primary resources, like narrative film, as a teaching tool in classrooms.


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