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VSU receives $94,581 grant to promote global learning and awareness

Published date: December 9, 2014

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities program has awarded  Virginia State University a $94,581 grant to fund “Imagining Sustainable Environments: Place and Culture in the Global Community.”  The project represents a collaboration between the Dr. George H. Bennett Office for International Education and VSU’s department of languages and literature.  

The 30-month project will focus on interdisciplinary ways to promote students’ global learning through the intersections of environmental issues and history, culture, gender, class, ethnicity and nationality.  The integration of environmental thought and representation into general education humanities courses will provide students exposure to cross-cultural perspectives of global environmental challenges that communities encounter each day.   

The project will consist of several components, including a summer faculty development institute on environmental humanities in 2015 and 2016; curriculum enhancement in the humanities; and campus awareness and community dialogue.  The Principal Investigators on the project will Dr. Maxine Sample, Professor of English and Director of International Education; and Dr. Merry Byrd, Associate Professor of English.   The project will begin in January 2015 and run through June 2017.

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