San Diego State University is quiet and nearly deserted while classes are not in session.
San Diego State University. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego State University has received one of 245 grants distributed nationwide by the National Endowment for the Humanities, it was announced this week.

The SDSU Foundation received a $34,995 Humanities Connections Planning Grant to create a faculty planning committee across two campuses to design a curriculum for an interdisciplinary minor on human rights and border studies. An administrator and professor, Mark Wheeler, will oversee the project.

The local award was a small part of the $33.17 million set aside for humanities projects across the country. More than 20 California projects received a $3.33 million slice of the overall allocation.

“NEH is proud to support these exemplary education, media, preservation, research and infrastructure projects,” NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe said in a statement.

The projects, she said, “will expand the horizons of our knowledge of culture and history, lift up humanities organizations working to preserve and tell the stories of local and global communities, and bring high-quality public programs and educational resources” to the public.

The funding is broken down into several categories, including 23 awards for Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants, 13 awards for creation of media, exhibitions, and public programs and 36 awards for Humanities Collections and Reference Resources.

Another NEH Public Humanities Projects grant will bring the American Library Association’s “Great Stories Club” reading and discussion program for underserved youth to 100 small libraries across the country.

Some of the grants will support education and veterans programs, such as one by the Chinese Historical Society in the San Francisco Bay area on the experiences of Chinese-American veterans in wars from World War II to the present, and a project at Bowie State University to train ROTC cadets and student veterans to lead local veterans in exploring themes of service, sacrifice and reintegration in relation to the Civil War and Vietnam War.

Other California institutions awarded grants include UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and Chapman University in Orange County.

– Staff and wire reports