A $393,868 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant will continue and extend the work of a prior NEH Cares Grant to support Indigenous Studies, Indigenous language courses, public humanities programs, and humanities faculty and staff positions at Peninsula College.
“This important work supports local traditional language revitalization efforts and strengthens the cultural vitality of the region through public humanities programs,” said Chief Strategy Officer, June Whitaker. “We are grateful to the NEH for supporting courses and programs that align perfectly with the college’s mission to educate diverse populations of learners through community-engaged programs that advance student equity and success.”
The grant will provide funding to create and offer further Indigenous language courses in the collaborative teaching model previously piloted by Peninsula College, and support humanities faculty and staff positions and programming related to Indigenous language and culture. Funding for faculty and staff will include support for humanities courses and programming like the Magic of Cinema, Studium Generale, and programming connected to the new Peninsula College podcasting studio, which was funded by the previous NEH Cares grant.
“This is an exciting grant that allows us to continue and expand important work that the college has been doing,” said Dr. Bruce Hattendorf, Dean for the Center for Equity, Teaching and Learning. “The work reflects the college’s focus on engaging the communities we serve and developing humanities programming that is integrated with the place where we live. The Indigenous language courses we have offered so far have been very successful, and PC looks forward to continuing and potentially expanding traditional languages at the college level in close partnership with local tribal communities. I am also very excited about the continuing support for humanities programming that the grant offers.”
Under the NEH Cares grant, language teachers developed an innovative model for co-teaching nəxʷsƛ̓ay̓əmúcən (Klallam/S'Klallam language) courses, where Linguist Tim Montler, Ph.D., was joined by Klallam/S’Klallam Language teachers, who are local tribal citizens and tribal members. The new grant will support the development of second-year course offerings in that language sequence and will allow the college to examine the possibility of expanding language course offerings to other Indigenous languages of the region in consultation with and collaboration with language teachers and leaders.
The college’s new podcasting studio, funded under the prior NEH grant, is now available in the college library, and Humanities faculty member Michael Mills has begun work to launch an ongoing Raymond Carver podcast. Funds from this grant will allow the college to support that ongoing work, as well as other public humanities projects.
The grant was awarded October 1, 2021, and runs through September 30, 2022.
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.
For more information contact Dr. Bruce Hattendorf at firstname.lastname@example.org.