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St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY 14618-3597)
Deborah Uman (Project Director: July 2020 to January 2021)
Melissa Bissonette (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Embedding Place-Based Humanities in the Curriculum

Three summer symposia for three faculty cohorts to incorporate place-based humanities perspectives on the history and culture of the Rochester, NY, region into their curriculum.

St. John Fisher College (SJFC) proposes to create up to 18 new humanities core courses, which intentionally embed a place-based humanities perspective. Place-based humanities is an interdisciplinary humanistic inquiry that focuses on the interconnection of geography; local history; community; and cultural, social, and personal identity. Rochester, NY has been the site of critical intellectual American ideas, from abolitionism to women’s rights. While home to leaders such as Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, the city’s significance plays but a small part in scholarly understanding of these iconic figures. The project objectives are as follows: 1) create spaces for critical conversation around race focused on place-based humanistic texts, while promoting interest in the humanities; 2) embed the teaching of place-based humanities in the core curriculum; and 3) disseminate a place-based humanities pedagogy with other faculty at SJFC and beyond.

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Project fields:
American Studies; History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities

Education Programs

$149,934 (approved)
$149,934 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2021 – 1/31/2024