Professor of English Maria Lima and Lytton Smith, associate professor of English and director of the Center of Integrative Learning, have been awarded a Modern Language Association (MLA) Innovation Course Development grant of $3,000. The grant will allow the professors to develop “HUMN 222: Black Humanities,” a new general education course for undergraduates.
The black studies faculty at Geneseo includes members from anthropology, biology, dance studies, education, English, film studies, French, geography, history, and Spanish. The grant will bring a guest lecturer to Geneseo and allow faculty to collaborate to devise a varied menu of core texts for the course with additions of their own to reflect disciplinary expertise; and attend an ESRI StoryMaps — a digital visual narrative — workshop and a faculty development workshop. The first section of HUMN 222 is slated for Fall 2019.