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Spelman College (Atlanta, GA 30314-4399)
Gloria Wade Gayles (Project Director: July 2018 to present)
The SIS Oral History Project: Transformative Teaching and Learning in the Humanities

Curricular improvements to an oral history course focused on African American women from the rural and small-town South, as well as archival preservation of interviews with these community elders.

In August of 2002, students at Spelman College were introduced to The SIS Oral History Project, a new course that would: (1) open the lens of age in studies of history and literature; (2) identify oral history as a major methodology for research in the humanities; and (3), through student-conducted interviews, give voice and visibility to African American women elders of the South. That “new course” is, today, a demanding project that transforms teaching and learning in the humanities. The project meets criteria for NEH funding for Humanities Initiatives at HBCUs in the following ways: (1) it strengthens students’ skills in writing, critical thinking, oral articulation, and research across disciplines; (2) through a partnership with AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library Archives Research Center, it insures that project research will be preserved and disseminated for use in humanities courses across the nation; and (3) it produces age-conscious scholars for the twenty-first century.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Psychology

Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Education Programs

$99,916 (approved)
$99,916 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021