San Diego State Wins Humanities Grant to Develop Frontier Human Rights Studies Program

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San Diego State University is quiet and nearly deserted while classes aren't in session.
San Diego State University. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego State University received one of 245 scholarships distributed nationwide by National Foundation for the Humanitiesit was announced this week.

The SDSU Foundation received a Humanities Connections Planning Grant of $34,995 to create a two-campus faculty planning committee to design a program for an interdisciplinary minor in human rights and border studies. An administrator and professor, Mark Wheeler, will oversee the project.

The local award was a small portion of the $33.17 million set aside for humanities projects across the country. More than 20 California projects received a $3.33 million tranche of the global allocation.

“NEH is proud to support these exemplary education, media, preservation, research and infrastructure projects,” NEH President Shelly C. Lowe said in a statement.

The projects, she said, “will broaden the horizons of our knowledge of culture and history, elevate humanities organizations working to preserve and tell the stories of local and global communities, and bring programs audiences and high-quality educational resources” to the public. .

The funding is divided into several categories, including 23 awards for infrastructure and capacity building grants, 13 awards for the creation of media, exhibitions and public programs and 36 awards for collections and reference resources in social science.

Another NEH Public Humanities Projects grant will bring the American Library Association’s “Great Stories Club” reading and discussion program for underserved youth to 100 small libraries across the country.

Some of the grants will support education and veterans programs, such as the Chinese Historical Society’s San Francisco Bay Area program on the experiences of Chinese-American veterans in wars from World War II to today, and a project at Bowie State University. train ROTC cadets and student veterans to lead local veterans in exploring themes of service, sacrifice, and reintegration as they relate to the Civil War and Vietnam War.

Other California institutions have received grants, including UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and Chapman University in Orange County.

– Staff and son reports

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