Lincoln University Professors Awarded $100,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Lincoln University, PA — Lincoln University has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the amount of $100,000 to support a program entitled “Lincoln University’s Global Heritage and Legacy”.  This project was one of thirteen selected from among hundreds submitted from across the entire country.  Its goal is to enhance awareness of Lincoln’s rich contributions to world history and culture.

Dr. Marilyn Button, Professor of English and Department Chair and Dr. Chieke Ihejirika, Associate Professor of History and Political Science are Project Directors.  Their goal is to revitalize the humanities at Lincoln by hosting a series of faculty colloquia that are open to the public.  In Summer 2012, select faculty from Lincoln, along with national and international scholars, will join together for a four-day Summer Institute that aims to enrich participating faculty and guests with a broader understanding of Lincoln’s history and its relationship to the world; provide a context in which faculty can produce publishable research projects and articles; and shape a curriculum that encourages students to remember and emulate the achievements of famous alumni.

The Summer Institute will host morning lectures, art exhibits, and tours of community sites that relate to Lincoln’s history, including the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.  Faculty research will be conducted throughout the 2012-13 academic year, culminating in a two day Humanities Conference in Fall 2013, at which faculty researchers showcase their projects.  This Conference will also provide the context for students to present papers and/or mount exhibits that were the direct result of Institute activities.

A schedule of Institute events, including guest lecturers, tours, artists and performers, will be available in May.

Susan Pevar, former Assistant Professor in the Office of Sponsored Programs, initiated the grant and assistance in implementing this grant is provided by Kate Slaugh Sanford, Ph.D., Grants Writer and Marion Bernard-Anderson, Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs.

For further information, please contact Dr. Marilyn Button at 484 365 7568 or Dr. Chieke Ihejirika at 484 365 7203.


Lincoln University – founded in 1854 as the nation’s first Historically Black University – combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.  The University enrolls approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

Internationally recognized for preparing learners and producing world-class leaders in their fields, Lincoln has created five academic Centers of Excellence-programs of distinction. They are:  Business and Entrepreneurial Studies, Lincoln/Barnes Visual Arts, Mass Communications, Grand Research Educational Awareness, Training (GREAT) for Minority Health, Teacher Education and Urban Pedagogy.

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