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AK-255269-17

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Stephen Sonnenberg (Project Director: 09/30/2016 to present)

Patients, Practitioners, and Cultures of Care

A two-year project to develop five courses to form a new medical humanities concentration within an existing interdisciplinary program.

We seek NEH support to develop Patients, Practitioners, and Cultures of Care as a concentration in the Bridging Disciplines Program under the auspices of the University of Texas at Austin's School of Undergraduate Studies. Aimed primarily at the sizable number of undergraduates at UT Austin who plan to go on to post-graduate education and careers in health professions, Patients, Practitioners, and Cultures of Care will weave together academic study, experiential learning, and student research in a set of linked courses. The proposed concentration is designed to illuminate for students the central role the humanities can and should play as they prepare themselves to address the multiple challenges facing healthcare providers today, and healthcare itself as a shared local, national, and global project.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$97,491 (approved)
$97,491 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019


AK-255276-17

Columbia University (New York, NY 10027-7922)
Rishi Goyal (Project Director: 10/03/2016 to present)

Medicine, Literature, and Society: A Curriculum Development Project

A three-year project to develop three new undergraduate courses for a major, Medicine, Literature, and Society.

We propose to develop three linked undergraduate courses that draw on the intersection of health, culture and representation. We want to extend the traditional biomedical framework to study how health is determined not just by biological factors, but by social, economic, political and aesthetic ones. The Humanities Connections grant will enable us to bring together diverse faculty from the Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Medical School, and the School of Public Health and will help us build on work we have recently begun in creating a unique undergraduate major, Medicine, Literature and Society (MLS). Our proposed classes would become the core curriculum for the major.

Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Literature, General

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 5/1/2020


AK-255299-17

Berea College (Berea, KY 40403-1516)
Jason Cohen (Project Director: 10/04/2016 to present)

Engaging the Humanities Across Appalachia

The development of four undergraduate courses on digital approaches to presenting and preserving history, using the Pine Mountain Settlement School archives.

This grant funds the development of a four-course sequence centered on digital and computational approaches to the central humanities question of how to present and preserve history through archival studies. The courses in English, Computer Science, and Art History are connected additionally with colleagues in Special Collections and Archives alongside an institutional partner, the storied Pine Mountain Settlement School. Pine Mountain’s unique archives provide the common basis for a curriculum that emphasizes Appalachian cultural preservation, public resource access in an economically distressed environment, and student training for a digitally enabled marketplace. Finally, the grant extends its reach even beyond the classroom and beyond the funding period by using service-learning to develop educational resources aimed at helping younger Harlan County citizens thrive in a post-coal economy.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,998 (approved)
$99,998 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2020


AK-255315-17

Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ 08028-1702)
Jordan Howell (Project Director: 10/04/2016 to present)

Cultivating the Environmental Humanities

The development of four courses and eight course modules, related student engagement activities, and a campus-wide forum, focused on environmental humanities.

While rapid growth in STEM at Rowan in terms of student enrollment, faculty research, and administrative focus has been able to occur side-by-side with the existing core of humanities, this has been at the expense of mechanisms for thorough crossover between these areas of the university. Aside from a few general education requirements, there is little institutional encouragement for students to become well rounded in both humanities and STEM fields, let alone to develop active connections and conversations between them. This project aims to correct this problem through a focus on courses, curricular structures, and developing cultures of research and interaction around the environmental humanities (EH).

Project fields:
Comparative Literature; Geography; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,217 (approved)
$99,217 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2020


AK-255322-17

Earlham College (Richmond, IN 47374-4095)
Vincent Punzo (Project Director: 10/04/2016 to present)

An Integrated Pathway for Medical Humanities

A two-year curriculum development project to revise four courses and develop four new ones to form an integrated pathway in medical humanities.

Earlham College proposes the development of an interdisciplinary “medical humanities integrated pathway” that will be designed to help students develop a broader, deeper, and more holistic understanding of health care, healing and illness. The pathway will consist of three components: 1) a constellation of interconnected humanities and social sciences courses focused on health, illness, and medicine, 2) civic engagements related to the medical allied health fields or public health, and 3) a culminating integrative project. In their research and course work students will explore the cultural and psychological influences that shape experiences of health, healing, and illness as well examine global models and personal narratives of health care. Civic engagements will provide students the opportunity to experience the ways in which conceptual notions of empathy, understanding, care, and dignity are instantiated in health care settings.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$97,607 (approved)
$97,607 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019


AK-255326-17

Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA 01075-1461)
Eleanor Townsley (Project Director: 10/04/2016 to present)
Holly Hanson (Co Project Director: 03/21/2017 to present)

Re-Thinking Inequality through a Local-Global Lens: Historical Imagination in the Liberal Arts

The development of four linked courses open to all undergraduates on the theme of resource inequality in global and local contexts.

Mount Holyoke seeks support from NEH Connections to develop four linked classes--economics, environmental studies, history, and sociology--to help students understand the historical circumstances of resource inequality in global and local contexts. Students need to grasp the ways that prior human actions have created the cultures and institutions we now inhabit so they can see how inherited arrangements shape future possibilities, but do not fully determine them. The linked courses, part of our Development Studies track, will share readings and participate in a joint learning community. New experiential learning modules will be incorporated in each course. This pilot will be tested over two years and then shared as a model that can be applied across the academic divisions. This sharing will involve a faculty seminar and course development incentives for faculty adapt their courses and majors. In this way, we hope to demonstrate how utilizing a critical historical perspective can enhance learning outcomes outside the humanities.

Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 5/31/2020


AK-255327-17

SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Utica, NY 13502-1311)
Daryl Lee (Project Director: 10/04/2016 to present)
Robert Edgell (Co Project Director: 11/08/2017 to present)

Reimagining Entrepreneurship: An Integrated Pathway for Creative and Ethical Venturing

The development of an academic minor open to all undergraduates on the theme of creativity and ethical venturing.

This project is grounded in the recognition that the humanities have a foundational role to play in cultivating students’ capacity to tackle the issues, problems, and challenges facing modern society in creative and innovative ways. We propose a new academic minor in Creativity and Ethical Venturing (CEV) which connects the humanities’ contributions to creative thinking and ethical reflection with the applied knowledge of business and entrepreneurial education. The CEV Minor is designed to cultivate students’ ability to envision and engage problems and opportunities, conduct interdisciplinary inquiry and research, ideate and develop creative solutions, and realize these solutions as potential ventures. The goal is to provide students with an integrated educational pathway that guides them through the complete process from developing their creative and collaborative capacities to realizing ethical and sustainable ventures which yield positive social impact.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,949 (approved)
$99,949 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 5/31/2020


AK-255344-17

Loras College (Dubuque, IA 52001-4399)
Christoffer Lammer Heindel (Project Director: 10/05/2016 to present)

Building Ecoliteracy: A General Education Track in Sustainability

The development of four interdisciplinary courses with student engagement activities and a lecture series, study group, and workshop series, linked by the theme of ecoliteracy.

This proposal establishes a Sustainability Certificate Program as a part of Loras College’s general education curriculum. The Sustainability General Education Track will consist of four courses, each containing significant interdisciplinary content and connections to the humanities. Successful completion of the Track will ensure that students meet Loras College’s general education requirements while also obtaining a certificate in Sustainability. The college’s strength and experience in community-based learning will provide ample opportunities for faculty to arrange high-impact learning experiences, and each course has several such activities planned. The project’s outcomes will be disseminated throughout the surrounding community and to other regional and national faculty via both conference presentations and workshops. Evaluation of student progress toward learning outcomes will be based on an existing rubric developed by the grant applicants.

Project fields:
Ethics; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,991 (approved)
$99,991 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 5/31/2019


AK-255350-17

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY 12180-3590)
James Malazita (Project Director: 10/05/2016 to present)
Rebecca Rouse (Co Project Director: 03/20/2017 to present)

Building a Humanities Minor: Construction and Critique in Digital Technology

A two-year interdisciplinary faculty project to develop a four-course minor that integrates critical humanities analysis with applied computer science.

This proposal develops a new, 4-course minor titled "alt.code," to be housed in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The goal of the project is to develop a humanities curricula that leverages the techno-centric passions of both Humanities and STEM students in our Engineering-Centered Institution, while also providing those students with a critical lens to historicize, contextualize, and deconstruct the roles, values, and histories of digital technology.

Project fields:
Communications; History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$64,670 (approved)
$64,670 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 9/1/2019


AK-255356-17

University of Missouri, Rolla (Rolla, MO 65409-0001)
Shannon Fogg (Project Director: 10/05/2016 to present)
Kristine Swenson (Co Project Director: 03/22/2017 to present)
Audra Merfeld Langston (Co Project Director: 03/22/2017 to present)

Cultural Bridges: The Humanities and Engineering in Latin America

A two-year interdisciplinary faculty project to develop four undergraduate courses integrating humanities into engineering education with a focus on Latin America.

In an era of increasing global interdependence and technology-driven solutions to human and environmental crises, Missouri S&T recognizes that college students of all majors must acquire the ability to effectively integrate the intellectual skills cultivated by the humanities with STEM literacy to analyze and improve the ways in which science and technology impact society and the environment. In order to address these needs, the departments of Arts, Languages, and Philosophy; English and Technical Communication; and History and Political Science propose a Humanities Connection project centered upon integrating the liberal arts into engineering education. In particular, we propose building humanities components into S&T’s already strong and well-established study abroad, humanitarian engineering programs in Latin America.

Project fields:
Latin American Studies

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$99,772 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 5/31/2019


AK-255364-17

University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (Lawrence, KS 66045-3101)
Kathryn Rhine (Project Director: 10/05/2016 to present)

Global Medical Humanities: Bridging Digital Divides in Healthcare

A two-year faculty and curriculum development project on global health and medicine in the digital age.

The proposal seeks to establish a first-of-its-kind undergraduate program providing students the knowledge and skills needed to innovate and excel in the multi-disciplinary fields of global health and medicine in an era of profound digital transformation and persistent inequality. We will develop a Global Medical Humanities Undergraduate Certificate Program. This will include courses that provide students the opportunity to apply their understandings of humanistic modes of inquiry and foreign languages to an array of global health concerns. Students will also be afforded experiential learning opportunities to contribute to KU's WHO-affiliated Community Tool Box website. The certificate is KU's first major initiative to bring together linguists, humanists, and social scientists with global expertise to address health-related themes in their classes. The centerpiece of this proposal is a curriculum development workshop to align the various partners in the larger vision for the program.

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$98,227 (approved)
$98,227 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2019


AK-255368-17

Oakton Community College (Des Plaines, IL 60016-1256)
Marian Staats (Project Director: 10/05/2016 to present)

People, Place, and Purpose: Environmental Studies in a Complex World

A two-year curriculum development project to revise existing courses and develop new ones, that incorporate  experiential learning in environmental studies.

The overall goal of this project, People, Place, and Purpose: Fostering a Nuanced Understanding of a Complex World Through Environmental Studies is to foster an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues through an integration of humanities and scientific approaches, enabling students to have a transformative experience with their natural environment while developing reverence, respect, and love for where they live. The proposed project will expand and enrich the student experience in the Environmental Studies Concentration by increasing course offerings as well as retooling current courses. Through a specialized summer field experience, students will have the opportunity to deeply engage with issues around environmental studies in the Midwestern and Western United States.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$98,957 (approved)
$98,957 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 12/31/2019


AK-255383-17

Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY 14623-5698)
Lisa Hermsen (Project Director: 10/05/2016 to present)

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.

Project fields:
Literature, Other; Public History; Social Sciences, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$91,018 (approved)
$91,018 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 1/31/2019


AK-255394-17

Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH 43403-0001)
Christina Guenther (Project Director: 10/05/2016 to present)

Understanding Migration: Local and Global Perspectives

A faculty summer institute and the development of four new courses, open to all undergraduates, on the theme of migration.

“Understanding Im/Migration: Local and Global Perspectives”, is an interdisciplinary humanities-oriented pedagogy of migration that will enable undergraduate students to identify, understand, and evaluate the cultural, social, political, and environmental ramifications of migration. The program will be initiated with a NEH-supported Summer Institute in May 2017 to help faculty develop syllabi for innovative interdisciplinary and humanities-oriented one-credit freshman seminars on facets of migration to be offered beginning Fall 2017. New one-credit courses will be developed into three-credit courses by Fall 2018, which will enhance the course offerings that count toward the required Multidisciplinary Component, a four-course cluster that fulfills the undergraduate Arts & Science general education requirement. With NEH support, two additional activities will enhance the pedagogy of migration project: a symposium on “Immigrant Ohio” and a film festival.

Project fields:
Ethnic Studies; German Literature; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


AK-255419-17

Long Island University (Brookville, NY 11548-1300)
Deborah Mutnick (Project Director: 10/05/2016 to present)

A Campus-Community Urban Sustainability Program

The development of an urban sustainability program comprising four new courses, a first-year learning community, community-based learning activities, and a speaker series at the university’s Brooklyn campus.

LIU Brooklyn proposes to develop a Campus-Community Urban Sustainability Program (CUSP) that will provide opportunities for campus members, especially undergraduates, to investigate and address urban sustainability issues from an interdisciplinary perspective richly informed by the humanities. To engage students in sustainability studies, CUSP will create: (1) an integrated set of courses in four disciplines (biology, English, philosophy, and adolescent education); (2) experiential learning opportunities for students through internships, service learning, and research with community collaborators; and (3) spaces and opportunities for dialogue with the campus and community.

Project fields:
Ethics; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Literature, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$80,065 (approved)
$80,065 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2020


AK-255436-17

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
Sara Guyer (Project Director: 10/05/2016 to present)
Suzanne Dove (Co Project Director: 03/22/2017 to present)

Navigating Uncertainty: Connecting Humanities and Business Perspectives on Risk and Reward

The development of one revised and two new courses, with a mentor-supported learning opportunity for undergraduate business majors, on the theme of navigating uncertainty.

This proposal seeks to expand the role and impact of the humanities in the undergraduate business curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in three ways by: 1) creating two new and one substantially redesigned humanities seminars offered to business and humanities majors during their first two years of introductory college coursework, focused on the topic "Navigating Uncertainty"; 2) developing a project-based, mentor-supported co-curricular experiential learning opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of upper-level undergraduates where they will literally experience the process of navigating uncertainty; and 3) bringing cross-disciplinary faculty thought leadership to bear in exploring our theme in a visiting speaker series titled "Foreseeing the Future."

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

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,942 (approved)
$99,942 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 12/31/2020


AK-255445-17

Fontbonne University (St. Louis, MO 63105-3098)
Corinne Wohlford (Project Director: 10/05/2016 to present)

Memory and the Construction of Identity across Time and Place

The development of two sets of linked courses open to all undergraduates on the theme of memory and identity.

Fontbonne University's proposal for the Humanities Connections grant creates 4 courses-2 in history and 1 each in psychology and information science-united around the common theme of memory, particularly with regard to the way in which memory builds identity for individuals and collectives as they move through time and place. We use the experiences of the Bosnian diaspora in our own city as a common case study through which we can examine questions about psychological memory, collective memory, and preservation and public presentation of memory. To engage our students and our community, we are partnering with the Missouri History Museum to develop these courses and to expose students to cutting edge knowledge in archiving, curating and public history. The activities occur within the context of Fontbonne's Dedicated Semester, which in 2019 will focus the entire campus community on the study of memory from a variety of disciplinary perspectives in curricular and co-curricular activities.

Project fields:
Immigration History; Psychology; Public History

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2020


AK-255461-17

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA 01609-2280)
Joseph Cullon (Project Director: 10/05/2016 to present)

Creating an Interdisciplinary Urban Humanities Cluster

A three-year project to develop an interdisciplinary cluster of seven new and seven revised undergraduate courses focused on urban humanities.

With half the world's population now living in urban areas for the first time in history and with the explosive growth of 21 global cities where populations exceed 10 million, engineering students need to conceive of and analyze the urban in both more concrete and creative ways. Worcester Polytechnic Institute proposes the creation of an Urban Humanities Cluster to develop, coordinate and deliver a set of integrative courses that both emphasizes humanities methods and habits of mind and promotes interdisciplinary perspectives bridging the engineering and social sciences. The goal is to make WPI's six-course Humanities and Arts (HUA) requirement more thematically meaningful so it can better inform and prepare student to integrate human dimensions into their other experiential, project-based graduation requirements.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,997 (approved)
$99,997 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2020