October 01, 2014
Hampden-Sydney College has received a $100,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for Strengthening the Core of the Liberal Arts at H-SC, an initiative designed to assist faculty from multiple disciplines to develop the skills needed to teach in the College's Western Culture program.
Western Culture is the bedrock of Hampden-Sydney's liberal arts program and one of the most important of its core academic requirements, covering everything from the Iliad to King's Letter from Birmingham Jail. It encourages students to think critically about these texts, both in historical context and in relation to the modern day, and it prepares them to speak and write cogently about both the texts and the questions they raise. Because it draws together professors from the full range of academic disciplines, Western Culture also creates a challenge, especially for junior faculty, to learn to teach outside their own discipline. Funding from the Mellon Foundation will support pre-fall-term workshops, grants to faculty for summer study in the humanities, and additional administrative expenses, to assure faculty meet that challenge.