SIUE receives humanities grant for community engagement

A program to fund scholarly research in the U.S. announced its annual awards, including one of the prestigious grants for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The National Endowment for the Humanities issued $18.6 million in grants for nearly 200 research projects across the country.

Some of the projects included digitizing the personal papers of Helen Keller, a permanent exhibition at the Delta Blues Museum, digitizing 66,000 photographs from construction of the New York subway system, a documentary on late actress and writer Mae West, and preserving correspondence and manuscripts of the late author Ray Bradbury.

SIUE received $34,952 for a “digital community engagement pathway” designed by professor Jessica DeSpain. The project will create an undergraduate curriculum to integrate humanities and social science with community engagement.

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