A $150K National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Grant will support humanities faculty and staff positions and projects at Peninsula College that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The grant-funded Indigenous Humanities Culture and Language Project will provide a short-term solution for supplementing faculty and staff positions, incorporating Indigenous humanities into online instruction this summer and fall, and ensuring that new digital collection resources and public programs related to Indigenous humanities, culture, and language preservation continue despite budget shortfalls.
“This grant funding will help to support faculty and will provide quality instruction and innovative programs and services to students at a time when we need it the most,” said Peninsula College President Luke Robins.
In addition, the grant funding will enable the college to create an audio/visual recording lab that will help the library to digitize existing and new collections and to engage faculty and students in podcasting and other audio visual formats.
“I'm thrilled to explore how this project will extend the PC Library Media Center as not only a provider of resources for the community but as an active partner in the creation of scholarly and artistic texts, media and art,” says Samantha Hines, Associate Dean for Instructional Resources and the NEH grant Project Director.
Funding will support the incorporation of Indigenous cultural content in the extended online teaching environment that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. It will also sustain and preserve humanities scholarship at Peninsula College for the remainder of the pandemic and beyond.
The grant will help provide the infrastructure needed to record Indigenous (and other) humanities courses, resources, and programs and to launch a web publishing platform for sharing digital collections and creating online exhibits.
Monies will also support the development of an innovative model for co-teaching a Nəxʷsƛ̓ay̓əmúcən (Klallam/S'Klallam language) course, Klallam 121, in the fall. Linguist Tim Montler, PhD, will be joined by three Klallam Language Certified co-teachers, or Instructional Techs, who are local tribal citizens and tribal members. In addition, funds will support the development and implementation of a Longhouse Culture Talks series.
The grant was awarded June 15 and runs through December 30, 2020.
For more information contact Samantha Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org.