The National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute for higher education faculty "Law and Culture in Medieval England" is hosted by Western Michigan University.

Due to the ongoing health crisis, the institute is being held virtually. Activities will be conducted synchronously and asynchronously on the internet. All synchronous activities will occur on weekdays. There is no residential component.

NEH summer institutes

NEH summer institutes for higher education faculty provide participants an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their teaching through the study of humanities topics that bear upon undergraduate education. Participants receive a certificate upon completion of the program; programs are not intended to duplicate graduate-level courses.

Each institute allows participants to study a humanities topic with a team of experienced scholars. Project leaders and participants mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching, and some time is provided for work on individual or collaborative projects.

Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or age. For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th St SW, Washington DC 20024.

Law and Culture in Medieval England

Image of a detail of British Library manuscript Cotton Augustus II 106, a copy of Magna Carta.

Detail of a manuscript of Magna Carta

The summer institute "Law and Culture in Medieval England" affords 25 participants the opportunity to explore the law and culture of medieval England with a team of experienced scholars specializing in history, literature and law. Participants are expected to complete some readings in advance of the institute and a series of reading assignments (primary sources and secondary literature) during the institute and to attend all meetings and engage fully as professionals in the work. During the institute, participants may not undertake teaching assignments or professional activities unrelated to their participation in the institute. The program of study assumes no prior knowledge or languages, although we will encourage participants with such expertise to develop and share their knowledge.


Seal of the National Endowment for the Humanities.The summer institute "Law and Culture in Medieval England" has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website and in this institute do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.