Chart a path through the core curriculum that allows you to become a cultural problem solver in the Rust Belt region.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded a grant to Ursuline College to host a NEH Summer Institute for higher education faculty. This June 2023 seminar, “Reading, Writing, and Teaching the Rust Belt: Co-creating Regional Humanities Ecosystems,” will bring 25 national scholars to Cleveland and the Ursuline campus to discover the best teaching practices for sharing the story of the Rust Belt.
The Rust Belt region is known as a place of poverty, discrimination, neglect, and population decline. Cleveland – a prototypical Rust Belt city – and its inner-ring suburbs include an array of distinct neighborhoods that are historically divided by ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status. But, Cleveland’s story is far from finished. As an Ursuline student, you are the citizens who will help write the next chapter of Rust Belt revival. Utilizing NEH funding, Ursuline has created a pathway through the core curriculum – one that focuses on the Rust Belt, social solutions, and reimagining the humanities. The courses emphasize digital skills, mapping, and storytelling to analyze the history of the region. The course pathway gives you the intellectual framework to engage locally with the community as problem-solvers and critical thinkers in Cleveland’s specific cultural context.
Watch the video above to hear an overview of our grant activities.
Learn how this material threads its way through our core curriculum and how you can earn a certificate by completing the Rust Belt Pathway.
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WKYC, April 17, 2019: Dr. Katharine Trostel - Ursuline College's National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
News Herald, April 13, 2019: Ursuline College to develop course on 'Rust Belt Revival'
Chart your way through the Rust Belt Revival pathway with a course in Historic Preservation with Dr. Bari Oyler Stith.
Rachel Deblinger, Director of the Modern Endangered Archives Program at the UCLA Library
In celebration of Cleveland Book Week, Ursuline students read from and react to Tracy K. Smith's poem, "Declaration." Smith...
Brief description of the tangible results of Dr. Pamela McVay's work with the Rustbelt Revival planning grant.
Sr. Rosaria talks about how AR 112 (Digital Photography) fits in with the Rust Belt Revival pathway through the core curriculum.
Chart your way through the Rust Belt Revival pathway with a course in Bioethics with Jacob Waldenmaier.
Ursuline College senior nursing student, Abdullah Alfadhel, discusses Rust Belt Revival photography.
Dean Elizabeth Kavran discusses Ursuline College's Rust Belt Revival
Amy Sheon Executive Director of the Urban Health Initiative at the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University
Eric Dillenbeck Executive Director of Heights Community Congress
Karen Long Director of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Rachel Deblinger Digital Humanities Consultant
Moya Bailey Digital Humanities Consultant
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in Ursuline’s project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
About the National Endowment for the Humanities – Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.