Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Period of Performance

1/1/2011 - 12/31/2012

Funding Totals

$98,645.00 (approved)
$98,645.00 (awarded)

Hartford Heritage: Enhancing Writing Courses with New Humanities Content

FAIN: AC-50107-11

Capital Community College (Hartford, CT 06103-1211)
Jeffrey F. L. Partridge (Project Director: June 2010 to April 2016)

A two-year project for twelve faculty members at Capital Community College to investigate the history, literature, and culture of Hartford, Connecticut, and to reframe the institution's first-year writing courses as writing-intensive humanities studies.

"Hartford Heritage: Enhancing Writing Courses with Humanities Content" is a two-year project to re-design and enhance first-year English Composition courses affecting 400 students annually. It will establish relationships with nationally significant cultural and historical institutions near Capital Community College benefiting 1,200 students annually. Twelve Humanities faculty members will participate in a series of 18 seminars and workshops leading to development of course work that will connect students with the heritage of Hartford in all of their courses. Seminars would be taught on themed writing courses, learning communities, learner-centered methodology, Hartford history, ethnic/immigrant trends and artists and authors of Hartford. The workshops would be held at historic sites such as The Mark Twain House and The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. The outcomes including five to six new syllabi for English 101 courses in the fall, 2012 reflecting Hartford's rich and diverse past.

Media Coverage

Bringing a College Campus Downtown (Media Coverage)
Author(s): John Dankowsky
Publication: WNPR Where We Live
Date: 11/27/2012
Abstract: Hour-long WNPR "Where We Live" segment with guests UConn president Susan Herbst, Trinity dean Fred Alford, Capital Humanities chair Jeffrey Partridge, and Capital/Trinity student Karen Taylor. The NEH-funded Hartford Heritage Project is presented as a model for college-community engagement and revitalization of downtown.

Associated Products

Bringing a College Campus Downtown: UConn, Capital, Trinity, Can Schools Help Revitalize a City (Radio/Audio Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Bringing a College Campus Downtown: UConn, Capital, Trinity, Can Schools Help Revitalize a City
Writer: John Dankosky
Producer: Catie Talarski
Abstract: Hour-long "Where We Live" program on WNPR, Connecticut's NPR affiliate, in which Dr. Jeffrey Partridge and Capital student Karen Taylor talk with host John Dankosky, UConn president Susan Herbst, and Trinity dean Fred Alford about the NEH-funded Hartford Heritage Project as a model of student engagement with downtown through curricular design.
Date: 11/27/2012
Primary URL:
Access Model: open access
Format: Radio

Hartford Heritage Video (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Hartford Heritage Video
Writer: Jeffrey Partridge
Director: Michael Bies
Producer: Capital Community College Media Department
Abstract: Ten-minute video introducing the NEH-funded Hartford Heritage Project. The video shows students in the classroom and on field trips to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Mark Twain House and Museum, and the Wadsworth Atheneum art museum, and it includes interviews with the project director, faculty, students, and community partners.
Year: 2012
Primary URL:
Access Model: open access
Format: Video

Hartford Heritage Website (Web Resource)
Title: Hartford Heritage Website
Author: Seth Freeman, Web Design
Author: Jeffrey Partridge, Director
Author: John Christie, Web Content Team
Author: Kevin Lamkins, Web Content Team
Abstract: This website for the Hartford Heritage Project is an introduction to the project and a place to announce courses and learning communities, provide resources for faculty and students, showcase student and faculty work, and so forth. The site is being launched in the spring of 2013 and will be updated regularly as the program grows.
Year: 2013
Primary URL: