Education Programs: Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Period of Performance

5/1/2019 - 5/31/2020

Funding Totals

$34,586.00 (approved)
$29,372.05 (awarded)

Cleveland Divided: Rust Belt Revival Curriculum

FAIN: AKA-265585-19

Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, OH 44124-4318)
Katharine Trostel (Project Director: October 2018 to October 2021)
Bari Stith (Co Project Director: April 2019 to October 2021)
Rosaria Perna (Co Project Director: April 2019 to October 2021)

The development of a core curricular pathway and new course offerings focused on Cleveland and the Rust Belt region.

The rustbelt region is known as a place of poverty, discrimination, neglect, and population decline. Cleveland – a prototypical rustbelt city – and its inner-ring suburbs include an array of distinct neighborhoods that are historically divided by ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status. But, Cleveland’s story is far from finished. Ursuline College’s students are the citizens who will help to write the next chapter of rustbelt revival. Ursuline seeks NEH funding to create a pathway through our core curriculum – one that focuses on the rustbelt, social solutions, and reimagining the humanities. The courses will emphasize digital skills, mapping, and storytelling to analyze the history of the region. They will contribute to public-facing student scholarship, will serve as the foundation for all undergraduate majors, and will give students the intellectual framework to engage locally with the community as problem-solvers and critical thinkers in Cleveland’s specific cultural context.

Media Coverage

Ursuline College to Develop Course on "Rust Belt Revival" (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Staff report editor
Publication: The News-Herald
Date: 4/13/2019
Abstract: Announcement of Ursuline's NEH grant to support the development of new courses focused on social solutions to Rust Belt problems.

Interview with Co-Director Dr. Katharine Trostel (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Staff report editor
Publication: WKYC Live on Lakeside
Date: 4/17/2019

MLA congratulates NEH grants (Media Coverage)
Date: 8/25/2020
Abstract: MLA congratulates 11 MLA member institutions who recieved NEH grants. MLA provided a link to the projects

AJS Congratulates Dr. Trostel and other AJS members who reiceved NEH grants (Media Coverage)
Publication: AJS
Date: 3/28/2020

Associated Products

Cleveland Divided: Rust Belt Revival (Web Resource)
Title: Cleveland Divided: Rust Belt Revival
Author: Katharine Trostel
Author: Rosaria Perna
Author: Mimi Pipino
Author: Pamela McVay
Author: George MAtejka
Author: Elizabeth Kavran
Abstract: A website was created focusing on student work telling of the Rust Belt stories. The website highlights the NEH funding the project received.
Year: 2020
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Rustbelt Pathway at Ursuline College funded by NEH