Pilot Mountain gallery 2004 (copy)

Wake Forest University with Pilot Mountain in the background.

Wake Forest University has received an $850,000 grant to enhance its research and teaching in the humanities.

The grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation runs through June 2022 and will support “The Humanities Engaged: Generating Learning, Remaking Community.”

This grant funding comes at a time when many universities have shifted their focus from humanities programs to other studies and concentrations.

“This grant will give us exciting new ways to extend our teaching and scholarship and engage in real-world problem-solving, preserve the rich history of Winston-Salem and align our research with topics relevant to community partners,” Michele Gillespie, dean of the college at Wake, said.

The grant will help the university expand existing humanities programs in areas of “seminars, oral history projects, research and community conversations,” the university said in a news release.

“Neighbors, neighborhoods and community partnerships provide the opportunity to explore together issues such as income inequality, labor, health and housing,” said Dean Franco, an English professor and director of Wake Forest’s Humanities Institute.

The grant will also include support for curriculum development, summer research fellowships, new post-doctoral positions and a faculty member who will work to incorporate humanities into Wake Downtown’s engineering program.

In the grant’s final year, Wake will host a national conference, “The University and the Neighborhood.”

Wake received a $650,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation in 2015 to expand humanities research, practices and scholarships, and was the recipient of a $500,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant in 2010.

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