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AKB-265587-19

Albertus Magnus College (New Haven, CT 06511-1224)
Matthew Waggoner (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Ross Allen Edwards (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)

An Urban Studies Minor

A three-year curriculum development project to create an urban studies minor program.

To address the challenges facing cities today, benefit students pursuing careers in non-humanities fields, and expand the reach of the humanities throughout its curriculum, Albertus Magnus College proposes a three-year NEH Humanities Connections implementation project to establish a new interdisciplinary minor in urban studies. This project will include (1) collaborative development of three new interdisciplinary courses, (2) revision of two existing courses, (3) creation of experiential learning activities tied to required courses for the minor, and (4) implementation of innovative pedagogical methods such as cross-disciplinary team teaching. By infusing the humanities with other disciplines in an examination of urban life, the minor in urban studies will enhance the curriculum for students pursuing careers in a wide range of fields, particularly those that include the largest number of majors at Albertus: sociology and business.

Project fields:
Urban Studies

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,244 (approved)
$99,244 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2022


AKB-265638-19

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (Carbondale, IL 62901-4304)
Mont Allen (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Ken Anderson (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)

Ancient Practices: An Interdisciplinary Minor

Creation of a new interdisciplinary minor, Ancient Practices.

The proposers, an interdisciplinary team of humanists and STEM faculty, will create a new interdisciplinary minor called Ancient Practices designed to attract and engage STEM and other non-humanities undergraduates. This unique degree opportunity is built around the concept of integrating both humanities and STEM content into studies of the ancient world. The combination of these disciplines allows content dealing with classical and other ancient civilizations to be presented in the context of the core interests of other-than-humanities majors. This has been found to be an effective strategy for attracting these students into classes dealing with content that has been at foundation of studies of the humanities for centuries. This allows facility to engage students that might not otherwise be drawn to these classes and to instill in them the skills and habits of mind associated with humanistic studies.

Project fields:
Ancient History; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$88,812 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 5/31/2022


AKB-265731-19

Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1164)
Betsy Verhoeven (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Nicholas J. Clark (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)
Emma Fleck (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)

Promoting Civic Discourse in a Polarizing World

A two-year curriculum development project that would create two interdisciplinary courses integrating rhetoric, political science, and marketing.

Susquehanna University proposes to launch "Promoting Civic Discourse in a Polarized World" as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Humanities Connections program. This implementation project brings together Professors Betsy Verhoeven (Humanities: Rhetoric and Composition, a subdivision of English), Nicholas Clark (Political Science), and Emma Fleck (Marketing and Communications) to develop a cohort of two linked and team-taught courses enrolling approximately 100 students. Both courses share a project-based lab experience, which will feature student-led projects from both classes, designed to promote civic and respectful discourse to the broader public. These projects and curriculum materials will be disseminated via a public-facing website. In addition, an estimated 50 faculty members from Susquehanna (as well as other local schools) will participate in faculty development workshops that promote the pedagogical model and content of the project.

Project fields:
American Government; Composition and Rhetoric; Political Theory

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$83,820 (approved)
$83,820 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 5/31/2021


AKB-265735-19

University of South Florida (Tampa, FL 33620-9951)
Benjamin Scott Young (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Catherine Wilkins (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

Medical Humanities in a Global Context

Implementation of a new general education pathway in the Honors College that would integrate the humanities into the institution’s medical and global programs.

The Honors College at the University of South Florida proposes to develop ten new, and seven revised, interdisciplinary courses as part of a new program entitled “Medical Humanities in a Global Context.” These integrated interdisciplinary courses will offer students a pathway through the USF Honors College curriculum and aims to cultivate more critical, holistic, and experiential perspectives on health and human experience.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$98,483 (approved)
$90,726 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2022


AKB-260545-18

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ 85281-3670)
Mark Von Hagen (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Nancy L. Dallett (Co Project Director: April 2018 to present)

Veterans, Society, and Service

An undergraduate certificate in the study of Veterans, Society, and Service.

Arizona State University will offer an inaugural certificate in the study of Veterans, Society, and Service. Housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate certificate will focus on Veterans as part of and reflections of society, but also apart from society during their service and transition back to civilian life; it will contribute to both studying and diminishing the gap between military and civilian cultures; finally, the certificate will explore what civilian society and Veterans can learn from one another about the nature of national service. This innovative program is based on socially and academically responsible interdisciplinary scholarship combining history, literature, ethics, psychology, sociology, and understanding the arts. The implementation grant will position ASU to go beyond the “Veteran Friendly” moniker at universities to seed further civilian-military engagement and build academic weight to the study of Veterans in an international context.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Military History

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,843 (approved)
$99,843 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2021


AKB-260414-18

Misericordia University (Dallas, PA 18612-7752)
Amanda Caleb (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Thomas Hajkowski (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

Revising a Medical and Health Humanities Degree Program

Revision of a curriculum for a degree program in medical humanities.

Expansion of the Medical and Health Humanities degree program curriculum to create a multidisciplinary program with embedded experiential learning that challenges students to understand how the Humanities inform and shape concepts of health, and to apply their academic knowledge to practice in a meaningful and lasting manner.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,985 (approved)
$99,985 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2018 – 5/31/2021


AKB-260426-18

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA 15260-6133)
Nancy Condee (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Ruth Mostern (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

Water in Central Asia: Tributaries of Change

A sequence of three courses focused on the past, present, and future of water in Central Asia for students in the social sciences, business, engineering, and the humanities.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) and Asian Studies Center (ASC) propose a project to strengthen interdisciplinary connections among Pitt faculty and students across the humanities, social sciences, and pre-professional programs in business and engineering. Led by Dr. Nancy Condee (REES Director/Slavic Languages and Literatures) and Dr. Ruth Mostern (World History Center Director/ASC affiliate), the project faculty team will develop three new undergraduate courses on the theme of “Water in Central Asia.” This course sequence will incorporate high-impact experiential learning activities, including mentored research projects and virtual peer-to-peer exchanges with students at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. The courses will be taught in spring 2019 through spring 2020 and then incorporated into Pitt’s regular curriculum and into two existing student credential programs, as well as a planned new Central Asian Studies Certificate.

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Project fields:
Area Studies

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,898 (approved)
$99,898 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2021


AKB-260502-18

Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY 13214-1301)
Irene Liu (Project Director: October 2017 to present)

Ethics, Values, and Professional Life

The development of a new interdisciplinary minor focusing on ethics, values, and professional life.

This initiative, Ethics, Values and Professional Life (EVPL), aims to foster collaboration between philosophy and pre-professional departments to support the coordination and development of curricular and co-curricular ethics programming at Le Moyne College. The aim of this grant is to establish a new philosophy minor in professional ethics. Its goal is to help students engage in questions of personal values, ultimate meaning, vocation, and professional ethics. Courses will address normative ethics, applied ethics, moral psychology and social justice as they appear in real life. EVPL will be developed and executed by a team from all three schools of the College to further integrate the humanities across campus and will be integrated in our Manresa vocational program, providing opportunities to use the rigorous modes of thinking found in philosophy in concrete, relevant ways.

Project fields:
Ethics; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2021


AKB-260492-18

SUNY Research Foundation, Binghamton (Binghamton, NY 13902-4400)
Pamela Smart (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Valerie Imbruce (Co Project Director: April 2018 to present)

Situating Chemical Elements in the Human World to Innovate Undergraduate Education

Creation of a general education course, three freshman research seminars, and an interactive app that focus on physical material from the multiple perspectives of science and humanities disciplines.

Materials Matter is a collaborative project of colleagues in Classical and Near Eastern Studies, Art and Design, Art History, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Binghamton University’s Undergraduate Research Center, along with partners at the Corning Museum of Glass. We propose to reposition the humanities within the curriculum by teaching emerging research in the humanities to STEM students and, reciprocally, the latest science to humanities students. We will expand upon a pilot course to scale out in two directions: intensive freshmen research seminars and a general education course. Both will focus on materials, like glass or pigments, and explore the relationship between chemical elements and culture using humanities research methodologies alongside quantitative scientific methods, integrated through a coherent visual design and interactive app. A museum exhibition and summer research scholarship will present further opportunities for engagement.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 6/30/2021


AKB-260507-18

Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, NY 10001-5992)
Daniel Levinson Wilk (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Kyunghee Pyun (Co Project Director: March 2018 to present)

Teaching Business and Labor History to Art and Design Students

The development of interdisciplinary curriculum integrating business and labor history into professional art and design study.

Through a partnership among History faculty, and Art and Design faculty, "Teaching Business and Labor History to Art and Design Students" will develop curricula intended to educate students about the business and labor history of the art and design professions. Content will explore how this history impacts present-day industry, careers and professional decision-making. Key project elements will include Art-and-Design faculty professional development conducted by History professors; collaborative curricular development; two conferences; and the creation of a resource website. The initiative addresses an expressed need from Art-and-Design faculty and students for a more complete understanding of the historical influences that have shaped art- and design-business management, the creative process, technology and production. The initiative will help ensure that Art and Design students are well-equipped for the professional demands of the 21st Century.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Labor History

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

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

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2021


AKB-260531-18

University of Massachusetts, Boston (Boston, MA 02125-3300)
Rajini Srikanth (Project Director: October 2017 to present)

Living with the Urban Ocean

A three-course sequence in environmental humanities focused on Boston Harbor and surrounding areas.

"Living with the Urban Ocean: Inquiring, Imagining, Embracing" brings together the humanities and environmental sciences with a focus on Boston Harbor, the Boston Harbor Islands, and the surrounding coastal communities that many of our students call home. The three-course cluster, the core of an Environmental Humanities minor, incorporates humanities approaches and experiential learning, with the goal of increasing students' appreciation for and engagement with the harbor ecosystem, and awareness of the role of humanities in addressing environmental issues. Courses, co-taught by humanities and environmental science faculty, will begin with a survey that considers the relationship between humans and nature through diverse cultural and historical lenses; continue with a focus on the history, sociocultural context, and environmental significance of Boston Harbor and its islands; and end with a capstone driven by engagement with environmental challenges faced by coastal communities.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,774 (approved)
$99,774 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2018 – 5/31/2021


AKB-260415-18

Medaille College (Buffalo, NY 14214-2695)
Daniel Kotzin (Project Director: October 2017 to present)

Applied Ethics in Criminal Justice

The development of curriculum integrating applied ethics study into a criminal justice major.


Criminal justice professionals face serious problems and controversies on a daily basis that require not only subject matter expertise in criminal justice, but also the broad set of skills cultivated by the humanities and ethical philosophy. To address timely societal issues of critical importance and to better prepare the next generation of criminal justice professionals, Medaille College proposes Applied Ethics in Criminal Justice, a three-year implementation project to pilot a model for integrating the humanities discipline of philosophy in deep ways into the social sciences in undergraduate education. This interdisciplinary project involves faculty members from Medaille’s Departments of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, and it will include creating one new course, revising two existing courses, linking two courses in a learning community, and incorporating experiential learning into students’ coursework.

Project fields:
Ethics

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,941 (approved)
$99,941 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/27/2018 – 5/15/2021