Invitation to Apply to the NEH Institute "Reading, Writing, and Teaching the Rust Belt"

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We invite applicants from any discipline who want to actively re-imagine the role of the humanities in a "post-industrial" region. Please forward this announcement to any of your colleagues whom you think would be interested, regardless of their discipline. While the examples we work from will all be from the Rust Belt of the United States, we know region's challenges are similar to those of many other parts of the world.  


Reading, Writing, and Teaching the Rust Belt: Co-creating Regional Humanities Ecosystems

The Rust Belt is often overlooked as "flyover" country and part of a dead, industrial past. Through the act of storytelling, we'll pull the Rust Belt into the dynamic present by focusing on the importance of regional storytelling and sense of place. Participants leave with new tools to equip their students to shape the future of the Rust Belt, identify and contribute to social solutions, and reimagine the role of the humanities within this sphere. Our work can be a model for ways to use the humanities to find new solutions and empower our students to become more productive citizens.

Project Director(s) Katharine Trostel; Jacob Waldenmaier

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Lynn Ulatowski; Jenise Snyder; Bari Stith; Clark DeCapite; Valentino Zullo; Pamela McVay; Karen Long; Lytton Smith; Christopher Johnston; Chinenye Nkemere; Bethany Studenic; Raechel Anne Jolie; Dan Crissman; Evan Tachovsky; Allison Lukacsy-Love; Owusua Yamoah; LaShale Pugh; Yvonka Hall; Leslie Cade; Brandon Chrostowski; Karl Brunjes; Meredith Pangrace; Andria Hoyt, Hema Steele

Format: Residential

Location: Pepper Pike, OH

Dates: June 4-18, 2023

Length: 2 weeks

Type: Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type: Institute

Professional Development Program Audience

Higher Education Faculty