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AB-258964-18

Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL 36088-1923)
Carla Jackson Bell (Project Director: June 2017 to present)
Lisa Bratton (Co Project Director: December 2017 to present)

"Lifting the Veil:" Seeing the Built Environment through the Lens of the Humanities

A two-year faculty and curricular development project at Tuskegee University to integrate humanities study and architectural training and create an interdisciplinary minor in African-American studies.

The“Lifting the Veil” initiative seeks to integrate humanities approaches into the professional training of architects; it also seeks to expand humanities offerings by developing a new minor in African-American studies. The initiative will begin by exploring, both historically and philosophically, African-American education. Booker T. Washington advocated educating the whole individual—the hand, heart, and mind; he also advocated “co-relation,” applying academic study to practical work. Similar questions in our own time probe how to best connect humanities study to the professions. As one of only seven HBCUs currently offering accredited degrees in architecture, Tuskegee University provides an ideal setting to uncover past and current educational theories and philosophies. Tuskegee's Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science (TSACS) will lead this initiative by developing an African-American Studies minor and enriching its architecture history.

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Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies; Architecture

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,673 (approved)
$99,673 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2019


AB-258958-18

Albany State University (Albany, GA 31705-2796)
Charles R. Williams (Project Director: June 2017 to present)

Creating a Museum and Heritage Studies Minor

Faculty development workshops leading to the establishment of a Museum and Heritage Studies Minor at Albany State University.  

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,980 (approved)
$99,980 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2019


AB-258961-18

Howard University (Washington, DC 20059-0001)
Ofosuwa M. Abiola (Project Director: June 2017 to present)

The Africana Theatre and Dance Collection as a Teaching Resource

Student training in archival methods, cataloguing, and digitization, leading to the establishment of an Africana Theatre and Dance Collection in Howard University’s Founders Library.

This project seeks to establish an Africana Theatre and Dance Collection in Howard University’s Founders Library. The Africana Theatre and Dance Collection will make an extensive number of rich primary sources which are currently uncatalogued and housed in Founders, available for Howard University students, faculty, and staff, area colleges and universities, and the community at large.

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Project fields:
Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,948 (approved)
$99,948 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2019


AB-253407-17

Howard University (Washington, DC 20059-0001)
Dana A. Williams (Project Director: June 2016 to present)

Inscribing the Institute for the Arts and Humanities' National Black Writers Conference, 1975-1983

A project to digitize, provide critical commentary on, and develop a series of short films about material from the National Black Writers’ Conference, 1975-1983, for use by scholars and teachers.

Between 1974 and 1983, the Howard University Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) sponsored the largest single regular convening of African American writers, artists, critics and culture workers as part of its “National Black Writers Conference” series. As part of the ongoing work of documenting and elevating key moments and figures in contemporary African American arts and letters, especially as they emerged at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the “Reading the Oral Archive as an Act of Recovery” project, which we refer to throughout as “ROARR,” has three primary objectives: (1) reformatting/digitizing audio/visual recordings of the National Black Writers Conferences to make them available to researchers/scholars in viewable form; (2) creating critical commentary for each major conference and the contexts out of which the conferences and the writers who participated in them emerge; and (3) generating a ROAAR “Preview” video along with six “Fireside Chats.”

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Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$85,877 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


AB-253419-17

Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3012)
Anthony Dixon (Project Director: June 2016 to present)

Bridging the Gap through Public History

A two-year project that would establish a center for historic preservation at Bethune-Cookman University and that would enhance the program in public history at the institution.

The intent of this program is to bridge the gap between academia and the public through research, publications, presentations, and public programming while training the next generation of historic preservationists. In order to accomplish this goal, this project will assist in the creation of a Historic Preservation Center. This center will provide academic research (which includes preservation practicums) with public programming (which is geared toward community development through historic preservation). The creation of a new Public History academic program completes the foundation necessary to complete the overall task at hand. It will be combined the Swisher Library Archives and the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation and Museum. However, the creation of a Historic Preservation Center will consolidate the work and efforts of the three entities in a concerted effort.

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Project fields:
Public History

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$98,897 (approved)
$98,897 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


AB-253450-17

Albany State University (Albany, GA 31705-2796)
Timothy Sweet-Holp (Project Director: June 2016 to present)

"Strength from Adversity": A Reading, Discussion, and Mentorship Program

A two-year program of book discussions, field trips to museums, concerts, and historical sites as well as related creative activities on the theme of strength from adversity for twenty-five General Education Development students paired with twenty-five Albany State University undergraduate adult learners.

The idea of “strength from adversity” is a central theme in the Humanities and it is expressed within great works of literature, art, music, history and philosophy. The underlying theme of our project, reflected in the selected readings and activities, is one of understanding and overcoming adversity. Our project impacts students actively working on earning their General Educational Development (GED) and others that are currently enrolled in college, who have been sidetracked by adversity, such as poverty. By pairing the students, and then introducing them to literature, performing arts, fine arts, and history, our program enhances their capacity to better understand their experiences and how those experiences are often shared by others. In addition, authors that have overcome adversity will share their stories and lead book discussions.

Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$101,209 (approved)
$64,265 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


AB-234469-16

Hinds Community College (Raymond, MS 39154-9799)
Daniel Fuller (Project Director: June 2015 to present)

Black Man's Burden: William Holtzclaw and the Mississippi HBCU Connection

A two-year program that would bring the history of William Holtzclaw, an important but overlooked black educator, to the institution he founded, to the region, and to the nation.

The topic, Black Man’s Burden: Holtzclaw and The Mississippi HBCU Connection, will allow us the opportunity to integrate the history of the institution into our humanities courses by developing summer faculty workshops; creating curriculum and teaching toolkits; and digitizing the work product. The founder, William H. Holtzclaw, utilized his connection to Booker T. Washington and Tuskegee to implement the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute model to create educational opportunities for African Americans in Mississippi. Holtzclaw was a pioneer of the ‘sustainable agriculture’ movement.

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Project fields:
African American History

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,582 (approved)
$99,095 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


AB-234269-16

Howard University (Washington, DC 20059-0001)
Dana A. Williams (Project Director: June 2015 to present)

Sheshat: A Digital Humanities Initiative in Literature, Language, and Criticism

A series of activities, including developing digital tools, conducting a summer faculty development workshop, and modifying course curricula, that would enhance humanities teaching and learning at Howard University.

“Sheshat: A Howard University Digital Humanities Initiative” aims to improve the quality of humanities teaching and learning by providing faculty (and, by extension, students) with tools that can be used to expand the parameters of humanistic inquiry. The proposed project, developed in collaboration with the College Language Association (CLA) and the Project on the History of Black Writing (HBW), will also digitize the first fifty years of College Language Association Journal (CLAJ) and select African American novels as well as redesign four existing humanities division courses that will be designated as DH specific and offered each semester at Howard University (HU).

Project fields:
African American Studies; Literature, General

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$67,197 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016


AB-226623-15

Virginia Union University (Richmond, VA 23220-1784)
Luminita Mihaela Dragulescu (Project Director: June 2014 to September 2016)
Monique Akassi (Project Director: September 2016 to December 2016)
Zakir Hossain (Project Director: January 2017 to present)

Teaching African-American Heritage through Learning Communities

A project to establish an interdisciplinary Learning Community Program in the humanities at Virginia Union University, centered on African-American heritage.

This grant supports the implementation of a Learning Community Program (LCP) that involves three humanities departments at Virginia Union University. The LCP focuses on teaching African American Heritage in humanities. The LCP’s mission is to create an educational environment where students acquire and expand their intellectual and academic skills through an interdisciplinary core of courses, with a group of faculty achieving a coordinated effort to deliver the best academic preparation in humanities. The LCP’s vision is to promote student ownership of their learning experience, gain a deeper appreciation of the African American Heritage, and encourage life-long study through high quality educational experiences. The LCP supports the VUU mission to “provide a nurturing intellectually challenging and spiritually enriching environment for learning; empower students to develop strong moral values for success; and develop scholars, leaders, and lifelong learners of a global society.”

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Project fields:
African American Studies

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$98,456 (approved)
$98,373 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2017

Funding details:
Original grant (2015) $83
Supplement (2015) $14,335


AB-226757-15

Dillard University (New Orleans, LA 70122-3097)
Hannah Baker Saltmarsh (Project Director: June 2014 to August 2016)
Mona Lisa Saloy (Project Director: August 2016 to present)

Defining, Documenting, and Teaching New Orleans Creole Culture

A project at Dillard University to infuse New Orleans Creole culture, history, and literature into humanities courses and to produce digital and media materials for the university and the wider public.

The project, "Defining, Documenting, and Teaching New Orleans Creole Culture at Dillard," aims to create a digital archive and enhanced humanities course offerings at Dillard University that explore critical aspects of the historic, multi-cultural, and racial identity in New Orleans. Using selected oral histories to document the evolution of Creole culture, the first area of course enhancement is to create themed freshmen writing courses open to cohorts of students majoring in humanities programs. Additionally, faculty will create a new English course, "Black Creole New Orleans" and create enhanced content on Creole culture to be infused into existing English courses, "Caribbean Literature" and "Linguistics," and the African World Studies course, "Black New Orleans." The oral histories collected will form a new digital archive at Dillard University, and be presented in a short documentary. A culminating event will consist of a panel of Creole scholars from Dillard, LSU, and Tulane.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


AB-226792-15

Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA 30314-3776)
Vicki Lynn Crawford (Project Director: June 2014 to present)

Humanities Teaching and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection at Morehouse College

A series of activities to incorporate primary documents from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection into humanities teaching.

The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection provides an unparalleled intellectual resource in teaching across the humanities. Containing approximately 13, 000 original items belonging to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and housed in the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, the collection offers a rich pedagogical tool for deep teaching and learning with primary source materials. This proposal comprises four components: 1) curriculum enhancement; 2) college-museum partnership; 3) digital resource development initiative; 4) public programming. A major element of the project entails deepening and expanding humanities instruction through the study and use of primary documents from the Morehouse College King Collection. Core faculty participants will develop project-based instructional modules to enhance courses in history, English, African-American Studies and Philosophy. The college-museum partnership will engage both faculty and museum educators.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,976 (approved)
$95,749 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


AB-226799-15

Virginia State University (Petersburg, VA 23803-2520)
Maxine J. Sample (Project Director: June 2014 to present)

Imagining Sustainable Environments: Place and Culture in the Global Community

A summer faculty development institute, curricular enhancement activities, and a series of campus and community dialogues on environmental history and literature at Virginia State University.

Imagining Sustainable Environments: Exploring Culture and Place in a Global Community proposes ways that faculty can promote students' global learning through humanistic approaches that explore the intersection of history, culture, gender, class, ethnicity and nationality and environmental issues. This approach helps redefine narrow concepts of environment and unravel the complexities of humankind's engagement with the natural and built spaces we occupy. Through integrating environmental thought and representation into humanities courses, students gain cross-cultural perspectives of global environmental challenges that communities encounter daily. Thinking and writing critically about these connections enable students to understand complex debates about ethics and the cultural parameters of the environment. The program includes a Summer Faculty Development Institute on Environmental Humanities; Curriculum Enhancement in the Humanities; and Campus Awareness/Community Dialogue.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$94,581 (approved)
$93,628 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2018


AB-50158-14

Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL 36088-1923)
Loretta S. Burns (Project Director: July 2013 to present)

A Critical Reappraisal of Booker T. Washington: A Tuskegee Humanities Initiative

A two-year archival digitization, faculty-student research, and course development project on the work and legacy of Booker T. Washington, to take place at Tuskegee University.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,999 (approved)
$99,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


AB-50185-14

Grambling State University (Grambling, LA 71245-2715)
Hugh F. Wilson (Project Director: July 2013 to present)

Enhancing the Teaching of Ancient Greek Drama at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

A three-week curricular development institute on teaching ancient Greek drama for faculty from multiple Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that would be held at Grambling State University.

Project fields:
Classical Literature; Literature, General

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,848 (approved)
$98,461 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2014