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Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL 62026-0001)
Jessica DeSpain (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Conversation Toward a Brighter Future

The creation of an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on digital storytelling to engage high school students in Madison County, Illinois, in the study of intergenerational communication.

Underserved student populations in Madison County, Illinois, identified intergenerational conflict as their most pressing concern at the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation 2017 Conversation Toward a Brighter Future summit. The IRIS Center for the Digital Humanities, in partnership with MJCHF and the Madison County Regional Office of Education, will develop a humanities curriculum for a new iteration of the program that addresses these concerns. In collaboration with area teachers they will create a course of study incorporating novels, music, art, and oral histories that explores adolescence, adulthood, and aging. Building on what they learn in the classroom, students will have the opportunity to participate in digital storytelling studios to construct personalized narratives that foster conversation within their communities about how to communicate better across generational divides.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Humanities Access Grants

Challenge Grants

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Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019