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HistoryMakers Archive Grants

For the second year, the Provost has set aside up to $20,000 from the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Fund to support faculty members’ work this academic year to incorporate material from the Library’s HistoryMakers archive into their course materials, or to organize sessions outside of class for the Brandeis community using material from the archive. 

The deadline for applications for these funds is December 13, 2017. If you are interested in these funds, please apply here. Funds may be used to support expenses such as term-time supplements, teaching assistants or student workers, and expenses associated with running events outside of class. See below for examples of previous grants.

Examples of previous HistoryMakers projects

Marya Levenson, Chair of Education Studies

The HistoryMakers grant enabled us to invite two history teachers from Waltham High and two from Weston High, as well as their History department chairs, to spend a workshop day at Brandeis to develop curricula to use HistoryMakers oral histories in their high school courses.  Ned Rossiter, a former Newton North High History Chair and lecturer at Brandeis, worked with the teachers, and Prof. Chad Williams, chair of AAAS spoke to all of us about the use of oral histories.  The teachers shared what they had learned with their history colleagues when they returned to their schools.  At the end of the school year, they reported how the use of HistoryMakers had enriched their students’ learning.

Joel Christensen, Classical Studies

I requested the funds from Provost Lynch to hire a student to use key words to search the HistoryMakers database to collect all references to Classics, Classical education, and classical authors. We did this in part as a way to explore the cultural backgrounds that impact the low levels of diversity in the various discipline of Classics. The evidence we have gathered shows a high regard for classical education and topoi that is often overlooked when we have conversations about why underrepresented communities do not pursue degrees or careers in Classics. Our study used the database to research historical and cultural contexts to address contemporary issues. Here is a link to the paper my student Zachary Elliott is giving on the topic

https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/149/abstract/using-oral-histories-conceptualize-place-classics-marginalized at a conference.