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EH-272497-20

Long Island University (Greenvale, NY 11548-1300)
Deborah Mutnick (Project Director: March 2020 to present)
Shannon Carter (Co Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Sara Rutkowski (Co Project Director: January 2022 to present)
The New Deal Era's Federal Writers' Project: History, Politics, and Legacy

A four-week institute for 25 college and university faculty to study the history, accomplishments, and cultural legacy of the Federal Writers’ Project.

LIU-Brooklyn proposes a 4-week summer institute for 25 college and university faculty to study the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), part of the federally funded unemployment relief agency known as the Works Projects Administration under FDR during the Great Depression. The institute will focus on the FWP’s history, accomplishments, and literary legacy as our country’s first government-sponsored public history project, particularly with respect to its mission to document underrepresented stories about everyday American life and its impact on American literature. Given the extraordinary impact former FWP writers had on American literature, participants will also study creative works by former FWP writers like Zora Neale Hurston, Dorothy West, Richard Wright, and Meridel Le Seuer, alongside archival materials these same writers generated for the FWP. We invite applicants from diverse backgrounds and will reserve space for at least five non-tenure track or adjunct faculty.

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

Program:
Institutes for Higher Education Faculty

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$224,235 (approved)
$177,660 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 12/31/2021