Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus faculty will begin developing the new Border Culture in the Classroom and Public Square project this semester, funded by a $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant awarded last month, according to a press release.
The project will offer linked classes – for example, an art class and a writing class, both on the same topic related to life along the U.S.-Mexico border – and training on having effective public dialogue on difficult, complicated and/or controversial issues. Classes and training will begin in fall 2016. They will be open to all students and all majors, said Project Director Brian Stewart, Desert Vista Campus Academic Dean.
In addition, the College will develop an archive of the project, collecting what the students have learned and all of the material they gather. Once established, probably sometime in 2017, a digital archive of the work will be free and available through the NEH to anyone in the world. PCC could apply for more funding to sustain the archive.
The grant will pay for faculty, including one who will be the part-time project coordinator, plus two to three pairs of faculty for the linked classes. In fall 2017, the number of paired teachers could double.
On Dec. 14, NEH announced the total of $21.8 million in grants, awarded to 295 humanities projects.