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RCBC Instructor Among 25 Educators in Nation Chosen to Participate in NEH Summer Institute

Jayne Yantz

Rowan College at Burlington County Art Program Curriculum Coordinator and Art History Instructor Jayne Yantz is among 25 educators in the country chosen to participate in, “The Legacy of Ancient Italy: The Etruscans and Early Romans,”  a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association.

“Professor Yantz is a great example of the type of high-quality, talented and dedicated educators we have at Rowan College at Burlington County,” said Rowan College at Burlington County President Paul Drayton. “They are among the best of the best in the entire nation and her selection to this institute illustrates that fact.”

The highly competitive NEH Summer Institute will examine the ways that art and architecture affect the social and cultural landscapes of ancient Italy, with a particular focus on Etruscan culture and its eventual impact on the development of Rome. Participants will attend seminars and site visits and tour museums and archives as they explore the topics of the institute.

“We are extremely proud to have Professor Yantz represent the college on this national scale and abroad,” said Rowan College at Burlington County Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. David Spang. “Her commitment to life-long learning is of great benefit to her students and the college.”

The institute is being held over the course of three weeks in Lugano, Switzerland and then three cities in Italy: Bologna, Orvieto and Rome. The sponsor of this program, the Community College Humanities Association, is the only association of its kind serving humanities faculty and administrators in the nation’s community colleges.  

“I hope to encourage other faculty members to take advantage of future National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Institutes or similar professional development seminars, because it is such a great and unique opportunity to improve scholarship for instructors and their students,” Yantz said. 

Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends help cover expenses for these one- to five-week programs.

Yantz has also participated in a previous NEH Institute to Peru, a Fulbright-Hays Program to Jordan and a Gilder Lehrman Institute in Virginia to study Thomas Jefferson and Monticello.