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Passaic County Community College Receives $100,000 Grant
from the National Endowment for the Humanities for Interdisciplinary Project

Posted 12-18-17

Passaic County Community College has received $100,000 in federal funding through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic Serving Institutions Program for the project, Discovering Paterson: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching History and English Literature.

Project Director: Martha Brozyna, PCCC History Professor
Lead Faculty in English Literature: Alexandra Della Fera

Supporting Faculty: Christine Redman-Waldeyer (English),  Walter Behr (Communication)

Consultants: Maria Mazziotti Gillan (Poet and Director of the PCCC Poetry Center) Mark Hillringhouse (PCCC English professor), Flavia Alaya, Ph.D.  (historian and author).

Project Description: Discovering Paterson will forge strong connections between History and English Literature coursework, integrating important themes such as Industrialization, the Abolitionist Movement, and Immigration into course content.  Using the early industrial city of Paterson, New Jersey as a context, students enrolled in U.S. History I, U.S. History II, and English Literature will learn about key historical, social, and literary movements. Through its partnerships with major cultural institutions and a team of scholars/experts, the project will encourage student inquiry and provide students with access to archives of the partner organizations and valuable primary source materials to support their research.

The award to PCCC was among the $12.8 million in grants announced by NEH on December 13.
The funding will support 253 humanities projects nationwide.

Watch for continuing updates about this exciting project @ PCCC.