Funded Grants

Diversity in Language and Culture Conference

Sponsored by UNC Greensboro

This grant supports a community conference and training examining diversity in language and culture. The Coalition for Diversity in Language and Culture (CDLC) at UNC Greensboro is a catalyst for promoting the educational and sociocultural well-being of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) individuals and groups through a comprehensive agenda that engages community voices and promotes dialogue and partnerships. With increased diversification of society comes a need to forge intercultural connections that promote and support effective educational practices and support for diverse communities.

On May 3-4, 2019,  educators and community members are able to engage in dialogue around issues of equity and diversity. Attendees from various contexts and backgrounds have an opportunity to learn from and with each other about being responsive to diverse student bodies; fostering the languages, literacies, and cultural practices of the communities they work in; and promoting the linguistic and cultural pluralism that leads to a more just society.

Beyond Despair: Next Steps for Environmental Humanities

This grant supports “Thinking Beyond Despair: Next Steps for Environmental Humanities” a multifaceted initiative intended to focus discussion and tangible impact on how environmental issues are being taught in the classroom, and the role of the humanities in those critical discussions.  The initiative launches with a visual arts exhibit, curated and juried by the Visual Art Exchange, the production/distribution of an 8-part podcast series, and creation of pedagogical tools and education resources for k-12 classrooms, as well as a public documentary screening. This work culminates in a two-day convening April 3-5, 2019 of experts from across the country at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The summit features a dynamic blend of discussions, presentations, and exhibits along with site excursions to ground the conceptual in the practical and demonstrate how global issues find expression in local activities.

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A New Road Map: A mobile bus exhibition about North Carolina's incarceration history

Sponsored by GrowingChange

This grant supports “A New Road Map: A mobile bus exhibition about North Carolina's incarceration history” which transforms a bus donated by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety into a mobile museum exhibition entitled "A New Road Map: Incarceration in North Carolina from the Chain Gang Era to Today." Through a bus tour, the exhibition and oral histories will reach audiences across the state and introduce visitors to the history of the North Carolina prison system through the story of one prison while asking the question, "What does it mean to ‘flip’ a prison and why does it matter?"

Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Urban Renewal & the African American Community in Greenville, NC.

This grant supports "Beyond Bricks and Mortar" a multifaceted project which shares a missing piece in the history of African American communities in Greenville that were displaced in the 1960's and 1970's. Through oral history and photo documentation, online and traveling exhibitions, community training workshops, and accompanying community symposium this project places developments in Greenville within the context of race relations and urban renewal in North Carolina.

North Carolina Narrative Healthcare Symposium: Medicine Beyond Medication

This grant supports the "North Carolina Narrative Healthcare Symposium: Medicine Beyond Medication" a symposium and training for healthcare practitioners to address the role of stories-telling and listening in healthcare. Studies in National Institute of Health and Journal of American Medical Association have demonstrated the value of Narrative Medicine in increasing empathy, reducing ethical violations, preventing burn-out, and increasing diagnostic accuracy in clinical practice. The workshops and trainings this grant supports deepen the conversation between clinical treatment and human experience, both that of patient of practitioners. The project features the 2018 NEH Jefferson Lecturer, Dr. Rita Charon.

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Bull City 150: Reckoning With Durham's Past to Build a More Equitable Future

Sponsored by Duke University

This grant supports the Bull City 150 project’s mission to invite Durhamites to reckon with the racial and economic injustices of the past 150 years, and commit to building a more equitable future. The project presents original historical research through public exhibitions, where visitors can explore their shared history together, in public. Bull City 150’s exhibitions allow visitors to delve into Durham’s history through first-hand encounters with images, archival documents, sound recordings, maps, data visualizations, and hands-on interactives. Carefully researched and curated, the project’s exhibitions connect with visitors on an intellectual and emotional level by sharing personal stories of everyday Durhamites alongside evidence of the broader social and economic conditions that shaped their lives. By relating the past to their own lives in the present, visitors are invited to learn about local inequality and contribute to critical, historically-grounded dialogue about the future of their city.

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New South for the New Southerner

This grant supports the museum's "New South for the New Southerner" cultural series which allows new North Carolinians in the Piedmont region learn about our state. The program is geared for adults interested in the history and culture of the Piedmont region in general and the city of Charlotte in particular. The program will feature guest speakers drawn from academia, publishing, media and the arts. Informal in nature, each program may also feature music, food and drink, short films, interviews, panel discussions and audience participation. 

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Greensboro Literary Organization

This Large grant supports the Greensboro Literary Organization's project "Immigration Stories." Their fall 2018 series of events address immigration and refugee issues in America, but specifically as they impact and affect the local community, as part of the organization's year-round Greensboro Bound (GB) programming. The project responds directly to contemporary immigration issues by providing attendees with opportunities to interact with and engage in a series of moderated panel discussions and public readings with scholars, writers, and community leaders.

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Southern Women Writing America between the World Wars

This grant supports a partnership between the Wilma Dykeman Legacy and the Buncombe County Public Libraries, to host a 2018 series of lectures, documentary film screenings, and book club discussions to introduce Ashevillians to four important Southern women writers.

The years from World War I to World War II constituted one of the greatest periods of productivity in American literature. The names and novels of Sinclair Lewis, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner are well known to many, but few Americans know of Lillian Smith, Caroline Miller, and Elizabeth Madox Roberts – although one of them won the Pulitzer Prize and the other two earned international reputations.  Another fourth featured woman author will be, Mildred Haun, wrote a remarkable short story cycle revealing little-known facets of American society and culture.

Each session will be led by a humanities scholar who will lead the public through a discussion of these authors. The lecture will be followed with a book club discussion of the author’s work the following week. 

Pride and Pain: Remembering the Polio Hospital Site

This grant supports the creation of a traveling exhibit and three public programs commemorating and honoring the contested history of the Central Carolina Convalescent Hospital. The first event is on the 70th anniversary of the polio hospital opening; the second, on World Polio Day; and third on International Students Day.

During a polio epidemic Greensboro installed a polio hospital in a former building of the Overseas Replacement Depot, a military installation where troops were stationed before traveling overseas. In 1948, the Piedmont Triad and surrounding communities banded together, funding and completing construction on the hospital in just ninety-five days. The polio hospital was one of the first racially integrated hospitals in the nation. The hospital declined in importance as the threat of polio diminished, and it closed in 1961. Two years later, the city used the site as a makeshift prison for high school and college students fighting segregation, many of whom stayed in the hospital with limited supplies for nearly three weeks.