Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Period of Performance

6/1/2009 - 5/31/2012

Funding Totals

$99,712.00 (approved)
$75,932.60 (awarded)

Water and Culture: Unifying the Humanities Core Curriculum

FAIN: AC-50067-09

University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX 78209-6318)
Matthias Schubnell (Project Director: January 2009 to September 2014)

A project to incorporate the theme "Water and Culture" into the University's Core Humanities Curriculum.

The humanities faculty at UIW plan to implement a faculty development program to further internationalize the humanities core (general education) curriculum. The over arching goal is to develop in all students a global perspective through which they will be able to view the world, think about issues, and make decisions. This broad vision is imperative in an increasingly globalized professional workplace. To facilitate the teaching of a global perspective, the humanities faculty has chosen to focus on the international theme of "Water and Culture." This theme will be thread through diverse humanities courses and will also help students learn how to draw connections between seemingly disparate humanities courses in the Core Curriculum. NEH funds will support an array of faculty development activities, including a public speaker series, readings, limited travel and service learning trips, and planning workshops. Curriculum revisions will be made starting in Fall 2009.

Associated Products

The Water and Culture Reader (Course or Curricular Material)
Title: The Water and Culture Reader
Author: Department of English, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio
Abstract: This anthology is being used as a required text book in English Composition I and II and World Literature Studies. It contains articles that are divided into the following chapters: Sacred Water, Global Water, Water in San Antonio and the Southwest, Water in Asia, Water in Africa, Water in Literature: Poetry, and Water in Literature; Prose. Thus, it reflects the thematic and geographical scope of the lecture series over the past three years. The proceeds from this book are directed to a restricted fund and will allow us to sustain the lecture series and related activities the grant afforded us well into the future.
Year: 2011
Audience: K - 12