Housing, Meals, and Stipend
Mount Holyoke College has a beautiful campus. NEH Summer Scholars and their families will be housed in a dormitory on campus. The comprehensive fee for the room, access to the library, college internet, and gymnasium remains to be determined. For 2017, the housing rate is $836; those choosing not to stay in the dormitory will pay a fee of $186. Rooms are basic and not air conditioned, but they will all have fans in them. I am currently exploring the possibility of providing air conditioners for an additional fee. There will be weekly linen changes and there are pay washers and dryers for laundry. (I strongly urge all participants to live on campus, as this provides an opportunity for the informal discussion and interaction that is crucial to your experience of the seminar.) More information on the college housing can be found on Mount Holyoke College's website here. The Campus has extensive and well-equipped facilities. The library is first rate, with hours from 8:30-5 Monday through Friday, with other space available for quiet study at other times. NEH Summer Scholars will also have access to all the libraries at the Five Colleges in the Five College Consortium.
Prior to the seminar meeting, refreshments will be provided. Otherwise, participants will be on their own for meals. A cafeteria on campus will have meals available on a cash basis. There are also a number of dining options across the street from the campus at the elegant shopping area called "The Village Commons," which includes a number of restaurants, a coffee shop, a delicatessen, and two movie theaters as well as a premier independent bookstore. More information can be found at this website for the Village Commons.
South Hadley is a rural community. Participants will find it beneficial to have access to a car so that they can take advantage of the Five-College area – which includes Amherst College, Hampshire College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts – all within ten miles of one another and quite accessible by car. Those without cars will be able to get rides from those of us with cars.
The stipend of $2,700 will be paid in two equal parts, one at the beginning of the seminar and one half way through. Specific details will be discussed at the opening reception.
Because it may be important for participants to receive professional development credit for attending the seminar, the seminar leader will provide documentation describing what took place in the seminar. In addition to reporting on the time spent in seminar meetings and the readings that were done, the document will also describe the contributions Summer Scholars have made to the NEH EdSitement website. If any participant needs more than that, the seminar leader will provide what he can.