Peninsula College has wrapped up a $150,000 National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Grant that supported humanities faculty and staff positions and projects impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The grant was awarded on June 15, 2020 and continued through March 30, 2021.
The grant provided stipends for faculty members to convert in-person courses to an online format in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and to support the incorporation of Indigenous perspectives in humanities courses and programs. The grant also supported faculty engagement in planning efforts to sustain and preserve humanities scholarship at Peninsula College during and beyond the pandemic.
In addition, the grant funding enabled the college to create an audio/visual recording lab that will help the library to digitize existing and new humanities collections and to engage faculty and students in podcasting and other audio visual formats. The lab will enable the college to record humanities courses, resources, and programs and to launch a web publishing platform for sharing digital collections and creating online exhibits.
NEH support also enabled the development of an innovative model for co-teaching a nəxʷsƛ̓ay̓əmúcən (Klallam/S'Klallam language) course, Klallam 121, in fall 2020. Linguist Tim Montler, PhD, was joined by three Klallam Language Certified co-teachers, or Instructional Techs, who are local tribal citizens and tribal members. This course was well received and attended by 42 students.
Dr. Kate Reavey, Peninsula College faculty and co-PI on the NEH grant states: “This was the first time the language was taught on the college level, and because of the NEH grant, the three certified teachers worked collaboratively with Dr. Montler to bring unique cultural perspectives to the language learning. Their collaborations are an important example of language revitalization in practice, and the grant provided time for the instructors to plan together, to teach, and then to reflect upon the process.”
The initial course was such a success, and enrollment was so abundant, Klallam 122 was offered in winter quarter and Klallam 123 was offered in spring quarter. In January, Dr. Montler proposed a second-year series (KLA 221, 222, and 223) to the Peninsula College Curriculum Committee, and the courses were approved for the upcoming academic year.
In addition, funds supported the development of a Longhouse Culture Talks series, which engaged the public in deeper learning and dialogue around local Indigenous knowledge and perspectives. Three Culture Talks were presented so far during the 2020-21 academic year, holding space for broadening perspectives and cultural awareness while celebrating diversity and commonality. A final Culture Talk on cultural appropriation will be held online next Thursday, June 17 at 12:30 pm.
The event is free and open to the public. Join the presentation via Zoom at https://pencol-edu.zoom.us/j/89616075652. Meeting ID: 896 1607 5652.
Although the grant period has ended, the courses, programs and resources enabled by the National Endowment for the Humanities will continue at Peninsula College.
For more information contact Dr. Kate Reavey at firstname.lastname@example.org.