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RIT (Rochester, NY 14623-5698)
Lisa Hermsen (Project Director: October 2016 to March 2021)
Richard S. Newman (Co Project Director: June 2018 to March 2021)

Humanities Connections
Education Programs

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$91,018 (approved)
$90,587 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 1/31/2020

Community, Memory, and a Sense of Place

An interdisciplinary curricular project to develop three place-based general education courses on the meaning and history of community.

This Humanities Connections grant will create a new three-course sequence in RIT's general education curriculum. By studying community from a host of disciplinary perspectives – historical, geographical, literary, environmental and socioeconomic – undergraduate students will gain a better understanding of how distinct communities have formed, changed and often retained a distinct sense of place amid shifting economic, political and technological forces. We will build on the University's long-standing faculty engagement with area communities, to engage with Marketview Heights, a vibrant neighborhood born of Rochester’s rich industrial heritage that is now struggling amid the vicissitudes of deindustrialization and new economic times. Students will learn about the various ways that people have understood community in times of both seeming stasis and rapid change, and will be challenged with a more critical understanding of community, memory and place in the 21st century global world.