The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an initiative designed to integrate the humanities into UNC's broader curriculum and and foster new humanities-related avenues of public engagement.
The initiative, Humanities for the Public Good, will focus on three broad themes — employing new educational models that promote the integration of the humanities into the curriculum; integrating digital technologies into humanities research and scholarship; and reaching out to diverse communities with the goal of raising awareness of and engagement with existing humanities activities at UNC. The grant also will provide funding for humanities course development, travel grants for faculty to engage with the public in humanities-based work, and support for graduate students through paid summer internships, scholarships, and stipends.
"We are honored that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation selected Carolina as a grant recipient, advancing our pan-university 'Humanities for the Public Good project'," said UNC chancellor Carol L. Folt. "We deeply believe in our faculty leading this effort. Every day, they put into action Carolina’s commitment to humanity for the public good."