Mellon Humanities Grant
In spring 2014, the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation invited Elizabethtown College to apply for a grant “that would enable you to explore the ways and means of preserving the centrality of liberal education on your campus.”
Concerned about the shrinking student demand for a liberal arts education, the Foundation is interested in funding innovations in curriculum and pedagogy that attracts students to the arts and humanities.
In particular, since Mellon is a humanities-based enterprise, it is looking to “support academic programs, including general education curricula, which strengthen the arts, humanities and humanities-based social sciences.”
Elizabethtown College’s Initiative
Our response to the Mellon Foundation’s invitation was to create two programs:
Cultivating Humanity Program
The Cultivating Humanity Program is a series of cultural events, presentations and performances aimed at generating campus dialogue and raising the visibility of the humanities.
Many lectures, workshops, and performances will be coordinated by and located in Bowers Writers House; however, humanities-related topics will be featured across several programs, including the first-year program, the Sophomore Year Experience and Scholarship and Creative Arts Days.
Humanities Challenge Projects
The Humanities Challenge Program is designed to help humanities departments develop new approaches to the recruitment of students and the creation of pathways that lead to graduation and success. The goal is to demonstrate how humanities study promotes critical thinking, stimulates the imagination, and cultivates engaged citizens
- Digital Humanities: - An Interdisciplinary Proposal - Led by David Kenley in History and Matt Skillen in English, the project creates a digital humanities program designed to engage faculty members and students across the humanities in systematic study using digital resources for research and dissemination.
- Enhancing All Humanities and Humanities-Based Social Sciences with Career Services - Designed to provide students with information about professional and career opportunities for arts and humanities majors, this effort is led by humanities faculty members, working with Career Services and the director of Purposeful Life Work and Ethical Leadership.
- Composing in Digital Platforms - Led by faculty members in English, partnering with the Office of Marketing and Communications and the Office of Admissions, this project trains students in using place-based, multi-modal composition experiences to build stronger awareness of our programming in the humanities at Elizabethtown College.
- Iceland’s Magical Landscapes - This is a sequence of courses and overseas learning experiences that explores interdisciplinary and historical relations led by faculty members in anthropology and professional wiritng, between literatures of travel/exploration and ethnography.
- Cool and Creative: Theatre and Writing Camp - The Division of Theatre and Dance, Bowers Writers House and the Department of English collaborate to create exciting summer programming in 2016 for regional high school students.