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Funded Crossing Boundaries Projects
or the first two years of awards,
funded proposals focused on working
groups examining the basic premise
of the grant and developing faculty
collaborations, Lavin says. In the most
recent call for proposals, particular attention
was paid to projects that work with
institutional resources in innovative ways.
“This could mean students in a course
engaging with ODY Special Collections
manuscripts to construct a digital project
that tells an important story,” he says.
“Or, it could mean two teachers who are
conducting fundamentally separate courses
coming together for a two-week experiential
learning project. More and more, we see
our work shifting from the theoretical
to the concrete. It’s very exciting.”
While Jenseth will not say outright that
there is a crisis in the humanities, he
does acknowledge that there is a great
deal of anxiety about the cost of higher
education and how a degree in the
humanities prepares students for careers.
“We need to ask ourselves ‘where will
the humanities be in 10 years?’” he says.
“This is a time for the humanities to
get outside of themselves and connect
with other programs. This (grant) is a
big deal, and we need people to see the
scope of this project and what it means
for the humanities and St. Lawrence.”
Ryan Deuel is St. Lawrence’s media relations
director. University Communications intern
Stephanie Eldon ’14 contributed to this article.
The funded project “Weaving the Streets and
People’s Archive” offered students, faculty,
alumni and others the opportunity to be part of
a dynamic, global, investigative blog, The Weave
(, and a digital archive,
Street Art
(, to document the
creative ways in which ordinary people make
use of public space to express themselves.
Carolyn Dellinger ’16 contributed this: “The
artist known as ROA leaves his mark around
London (England) with his portrayal of large-
scale urban wildlife. I discovered this work in
Shoreditch, an area of the city well known for
its vibrant street art and culture.”
“Where will the humanities
be in 10 years?”
–Richard Jenseth
Digital tools
have completely
reshaped the way
people learn.”
–Matthew Lavin ’02
About the
he Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation has provided
St. Lawrence with numerous
generous grants over the past
three decades, all of which
have enabled the University
to think creatively about how
to enhance the curriculum in
new and innovative ways.
Recent examples include
support for environmental
education; expansion of the
arts curriculum; development
of a new curriculum in
rhetoric and communication;
development of the ConnectNY
consortium of academic
libraries; and support for the
establishment of the Center
for Teaching and Learning.
· Paths to the Buddha: Studying Buddhism
from an Interdisciplinary Perspective
· Engaging Rwanda: Conservation,
Development, and Reconciliation
· Social Justice and the Humanities
· Integrative Learning and
Off-Campus Study
· Weaving the Streets & People’s Archive
· Francophone West Africa in
Transnational Perspective
· Food, Culture, Ecology, and Society –
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Food
· Hogwarts School Of Finance: Children’s
Literature and Economic Concepts
· Adirondack Sutra: A Letterpress
Book Arts Project
· Spanish (Modern Languages and
Literatures) “Revista Digital Literature”
· Human Flourishing in Contemporary
Society: The Pursuit Of Happiness
· The Public Sphere of Renaissance Venice
· Creating an Interactive Multimedia
Collection for the Arabic Courses
· How Science Communicates:
An Interdisciplinary Project
· A Feast of Essays: Comparing
Scholarly and Popular Approaches
to Gastronomical Literature
· Globalization and Creative
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