Caroline Marshall Draughon Center Receives NEH Grant
The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University is the recipient of a $74,127 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, under the agency’s new Dialogues on the Experience of War grant program. The grant will fund six reading-discussion programs in communities across the state, as well as two semester-length courses offered in state correctional facilities.
The Dialogues on the Experience of War grant program is a part of the Standing Together initiative, which emphasizes the innovative ways in which the humanities can engage military veterans and communities. “Because veterans account for only 7 percent of our country’s population, there is a pressing need for community programs that bring veterans and non-veterans together in conversation,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “NEH’s Dialogues on the Experience of War grants will allow veterans and community members to explore together the experiences of war using humanities texts as the means of deeper understanding.”
The six communities that will participate are Auburn, Collinsville, Ozark, Phenix City, Valley, and Wetumpka. The two semester-length courses offered in state correctional facilities will be coordinated by the Alabama Prison Arts & Education Project at Auburn University. Each discussion will be based on a different genre—fiction, memoir, and film—on World War One and the Vietnam War.
“Receiving a grant like this is a very prestigious award,” said College of Liberal Arts Dean Joseph Aistrup. “We look forward to implementing these programs and working with our community partners.”
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.
The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities strengthens the bonds between the College of Liberal Arts and the public by creating and implementing arts and humanities programs that explore our individual and collective experiences, values, and identities through the past, in the present, and for the future. Based on the extension ideal of our land-grant institution, the Center was established by Auburn University in 1985 to develop and offer programming in Alabama schools, towns, and communities.
Last Updated: August 09, 2017