We are delighted to share some of the outcomes reported by our grant recipients. For a full listing of grant awards from 2014-15 visit this page.

  • Robert Bachman, Professor and Chair of Chemistry, was awarded funds to develop a course titled “The Chemistry of Place and Culture.” Click here for details, and check out the slideshow below of pics from field trips.

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  • Thea Edwards (Research Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology), Mark Preslar (Associate Professor of Russian), Carolyn Hoagland (University Farm Manager), and Rick Wright (Executive Chef), all from Sewanee, were awarded funds for a project titled “Interconnecting the Farm, Dining, Academics, and Community Engagement at Sewanee: Learning from Yale’s Sustainable Food Program.” By connecting with colleagues at Yale’s Sustainable Food program, the team hopes that the institutions can learn from one another and develop more sustainable options in their respective locales. Click here for more details.
  • Russell Fielding (Assistant Professor, Environment and Sustainability) and Matthew Mitchell (Assistant Professor, History), both from Sewanee, were awarded funds to develop a course titled “Sustainability and Global Environmental Change: Landscape and the Atlantic Slave Trade from Southern Appalachia to the Caribbean Islands,” looking at the interactions of slavery and the environment in Southern Appalachia, New Orleans, and the Caribbean. Due to staffing issues, the course plans changed during development, and the resulting course titled “Five Centuries of Atlantic Slavery, 1400-1900” was taught by Matthew Michell in the Easter semester of 2017. That course included a session on slavery in Southern Appalachia.
  • Max Fraser (Ph. D. Candidate in History, Yale University) was awarded funds for a project called “The Hillbilly Highway: A Social History of Transappalachia, 1918-1972.” This project examines the social, political, and cultural consequences of the mid-­twentieth century migration of working class white Americans between Southern Appalachia and the Great Lakes region of the industrial Midwest. Between 1918 and 1972, roughly five million people made this journey along the so-­called “hillbilly highway,” a demographic event exceeded during the twentieth century only by the Great Migrations and the westward migration of the Dustbowl period and after.  Click here for more details.
  • David Haskell (Professor of Biology, Sewanee), Ben Mylius (LLM Candidate, Yale School of Law), Noah Sokol (Ph. D. Candidate, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies), Avana Andrade (MEM Candidate, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies) were awarded funds for a project called, “Encounters with Place.” They posit “Ecological crisis is conceptual crisis. We propose to engage these various issues through a multidisciplinary investigation of the Maze District, a region in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. The Maze is a place rich with possibilities for ecology, ethnography, archaeology, environmental history and philosophy.” This is ultimately a project about notions of place as much as if not more than it is about a particular place; the approaches and themes of this effort might provide a model for inquiry about Southern Appalachia and other places.  Click here for more details.
  • Mark Hopwood (Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Sewanee) was awarded funds for a project called “Developing a Place-Based Political Philosophy Class.” With this course development grant, Professor Hopwood develops the materials, resources, and relationships necessary for a place-based class in Political Philosophy to be taught every two years at Sewanee. Click here for more details.
  • César Leal (Sewanee Symphony Orchestra Conductor, Assistant Professor of Music at Sewanee) received a grant to expand his last concert of the 2015 academic year into a fully academic experience by inviting Dr. Sidney King (an accomplished American orchestral composer, pedagogue, and double bassist) to teach master classes open to young audiences and music teachers from the Cumberland Plateau area to illustrate his compositional process and the way in which he uses local musical traditions in his works. Click here for more details.
  • Jim Peterman (Professor of Philosophy and Director of Civic Engagement at Sewanee) and Nicky Hamilton (Associate Director of Community Engagement at Sewanee) were awarded funds for the “Grundy County Reading Initiatives.” With the funds and collaboration of other local organizations, they were able to host a workshop to bring together various stakeholders to devise of county-wide plan to provide extra-curricular and curricular support for the Grundy County school system’s project of improving reading scores. Click here for more details.
  • Alyssa Summers (Associate Professor of Biology, Co-Chair of Biochemistry, Director of Health Professions Program, Sewanee) was awarded funds for a project called, “Principles of Human Nutrition: Implications in Rural Healthcare.” She developed a community engagement course that showcases context-dependent learning of biological concepts involving principles of nutrition and human health. These basic concepts are then be applied to current issues faced in society, including the role of diet in malnutrition, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, with particular attention to our local, rural region of Southern Appalachia. Click here for more details.
  • John Willis (Jessie Ball duPont Professor of History, Sewanee) received a grant to revise his History of Southern Appalachia course to incorporate the lived experiences and expertise more community partners. Click here for more details.