Education Programs: Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Period of Performance

6/1/2018 - 5/31/2019

Funding Totals

$35,000.00 (approved)
$35,000.00 (awarded)

Linking the Humanities with Sustainability at BGSU

FAIN: AKA-260466-18

Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH 43403-0001)
Nathan Hensley (Project Director: October 2017 to November 2019)
Ian Young (Co Project Director: June 2018 to November 2019)
Amilcar E. Challu (Co Project Director: June 2018 to November 2019)

A faculty workshop and year-long learning community to incorporate humanities content into new and existing environmental studies courses.

The objective of this grant is to develop a unique approach to study the environment and sustainability that connects the humanities with the natural sciences. Our approach involves cultivating a sense of place in faculty and students via field experiences, and developing curricular pathways for students of diverse backgrounds to acquire ecological literacy and, to gain their own voice in the present-day problems related to sustainability. This project has two steps. The first is the “Black Swamp Workshop,” which is a field experience intended to build among the faculty a sense of place and an understanding of the unique ecological features of the local bioregion. The second step, the “Black Swamp Learning Community,” is a regular series of meetings over the academic year in which the faculty members will transfer the knowledge from the Workshop to develop curricular innovations. An outcome of the project will be four revised syllabi that integrate sustainability and the humanities.

Media Coverage

“Black Swamp Project” connects humanities to sustainability Yearlong initiative is co-directed by an interdisciplinary team of faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Michelle Harvey
Publication: BGSU News
Date: 9/10/2018
URL: http://