Mellon Foundation Awards St. Lawrence University Grant For Humanities Project
CANTON - St. Lawrence University has been awarded a grant of $700,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York City, in support of a five-year project titled "Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century."
With the grant support, the University plans to develop new cross-departmental collaborations, with a goal of strengthening and affirming the centrality of the humanities to the contemporary liberal arts curriculum.
Specifically, the project will assist faculty in development of interdisciplinary courses and research projects; train and support staff in digital technologies for the creation of research and learning environments; expand opportunities for experiential learning and off-campus study; aid in developing new upper-level courses following up on experiential learning and off-campus study; and create a model of faculty-student collaboration that works effectively across the humanities.
"We are extremely grateful to the Mellon Foundation for support of this ambitious project," said St. Lawrence President William L. Fox. "Students face an increasingly interconnected world. This project will help us better prepare students for their future by bringing new relevance to the traditional strengths of the humanities, with greater attention to technology and the ways it permits us to create new forms of knowledge."
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided St. Lawrence with a number of generous grants over the past three decades, all of which have enabled the institution to think creatively about how to enhance the curriculum in new and innovative ways. Examples in recent years include grant support for environmental education; expansion of the arts curriculum; development of a new curriculum in rhetoric and communication; development of the ConnectNY consortium of academic libraries; and support for the establishment of the Center for Teaching and Learning.