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Professor’s NEH grant to strengthen rural Utah cultural experience

December 18, 2016

Annette Lamb, senior lecturer in Library and Information Science at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, accepted a $50K grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) on behalf of the Entrada Institute in Torrey, Utah, where she is board president and project director.

The Humanities Access grant will spark conversations through context and connections in rural Utah and expand opportunities for the community to connect with cultural and traditional resources.

“Humanities can teach young people habits of critical thinking and historical perspective, along with addressing enduring questions that transcend time and place. Traditional lectures are effective in conveying humanities concepts, but can lack the context, content, and connections needed for an effective youth learning experience,” Lamb said.

Lamb worked with the Entrada Institute to design a community-based program that applies an innovative approach to involving economically disadvantaged youth and their families in meaningful activities that celebrate the human experience—connecting Utah-area partners such as the Wayne County School District, the Wayne County USU Extension and 4-H, Capitol Reef National Park, local humanities individuals and groups, and local officials.

The project ties in directly with Lamb’s teaching areas, which include youth programs, digitization, community partnerships, and humanities sources connected with rural America.

The Humanities Access program offers these grants to enhance and support existing cultural programs for youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations.

“Humanities Access grants support innovative projects that will help ensure that high-quality cultural programming is available to everyone,” said NEH Chair William D. Adams. “Americans of every age, race, and economic status should be able to access the incredible opportunities that the humanities provide. We are proud to announce this latest group of grantees who, through their projects and research, will bring valuable lessons of history and culture to Americans.”

The School of Informatics and Computing Department of Library and Information Science has expertise in youth and community programs, cultural heritage digitization projects, and the humanities.


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