Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Period of Performance

2/1/2007 - 12/31/2007

Funding Totals

$25,540.00 (approved)
$25,540.00 (awarded)

The Frontier of Native American Literature: Imaginative Paths to Discovery

FAIN: AD-50006-07

Dine College (Tsalie, AZ 86556-9998)
Cristine Soliz (Project Director: July 2006 to July 2008)

A year-long series of workshops for faculty at Dine College that would explore Native American literature.

Fifteen interdisciplinary faculty from three Din? College campuses will conduct seminars through video-conferencing over two semesters to examine Native American literature and ways to use it across the curricula to advance active learning in diverse fields and as a way to challenge students to participate in critical writing in those fields. We will read foundational works in Native fiction and theory, guided by goals that seek a greater understanding of the complex relation that tribal colleges have to Native literature, a greater cohesiveness and communicativeness among faculty who have little opportunity for intellectual interaction, and a better understanding of the role that humanities can play in creating a vibrant and challenging intellectual climate for a community of learners. Visits from two noted scholars will enhance an exciting, intellectual experience that will positively impact our students and help strengthen the continuing growth of a dynamic academic community.

Media Coverage

Acoma Poet Ortiz Stresses Continuance (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Chee Brossy
Publication: The Navajo Times
Date: 12/8/2007
Abstract: Ortiz's lecture was the last in a series of lectures as part of our project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which had included Navajo writers Laura Tohe and Irvin Morris.