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Tufts University (Somerville, MA 02144-2401)
Hilary Binda (Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Peter Levine (Co Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Jill D. Weinberg (Co Project Director: December 2020 to present)

Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities
Education Programs

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$150,000 (approved)
$133,437 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2021 – 1/31/2024

Civic Humanities and Decarceration

Course revision and curriculum development in Civic Studies and in programs for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students.

NEH funding will cultivate a partnership between Tufts University’s Civic Studies program and the Tufts University Prison Initiative of Tisch College (TUPIT) by supporting Tufts humanities faculty developing and delivering curriculum for people with lived experience of incarceration. By teaching courses to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people working towards a bachelor’s degree – inside prisons, in a re-entry-focused community center program, and at Tufts – often in tandem with Tufts campus students, humanities faculty will provide severely at-risk students who are also disenfranchised citizens with a pathway program that cultivates increased civic knowledge and a new capacity for community engagement. NEH funds will allow us to develop syllabi, scholarly and journalistic writing, and hold a Civic Humanities and Decarceration conference. This laboratory for public scholarship in the humanities will promote its under-represented scholars.