National Endowment for the Humanities Awards $99,000 Grant to Galveston College

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The National Endowment for the Humanities Awards $99k Grant to Galveston College

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently announced funding for 290 projects in 43 states totaling 16.3 million dollars in grants that will support a variety of humanities-based research and programs. Among those awards was a grant to Galveston College in the amount of $99,429.00.

Galveston College, a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, will use the award to fund a project entitled “Coastal Culinary: Tasting Food Narratives”. The project will bring together a group of 12 faculty, 2 project leaders and 40 students to study scholarly work in food studies, food pathways, and the use of personal narratives informed by family recipes and story-telling focused on food. The examination of food-driven narratives will be a means of examining identity, culture, sex, power relations, friendship, politics, religion, and priorities.

The intellectual goal for the inclusion of food studies and narratives at Galveston College is to explore humanities topics and methods that engage students from diverse cultural backgrounds in a dialogue that all humanity shares- food. Through this dialogue, more complex humanities dialogues will be introduced such as space and resources, human challenges, food scarcity, displacement and terrorism.

Director, David Shane Wallace, and Co-Director, Michael Berberich, anchor the project and are exceptional leaders and teachers.

Wallace, who received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 2011, is an Associate Professor of English specializing in American literature. He has penned articles on the intersection of race, sexuality, and national identity in nineteenth- and twentieth-century multi-ethnic American fiction and in the field of whiteness studies. Prior to his arrival at GC in fall 2014, Wallace spent three years as an Assistant Professor at the American University in Bulgaria as well as traveling and eating his way through Europe and Central Asia. He currently researches how incorporating family recipes to teach narrative style influence students’ sense of belonging and agency in higher education. Since his arrival in Galveston, Wallace has become a regular volunteer with Galveston’s Own Farmers Market and the Island East-End Theatre Company.

With an MA in English Literature from the University of Nevada-Reno, Berberich has taught humanities at GC since 1988. He was instrumental in founding and expanding the Humanities program at Galveston College and successfully directed a prior NEH project. He is a leader on campus for faculty professional development and regularly plans and directs professional development events. Beyond GC, Berberich is an advocate for the humanities with leadership roles in multiple community projects such as Galveston Reads and organizing annual seminar series with recognized scholars visiting Galveston for public events.

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William D. Adams commented about the grants, “The humanities help us study our past, understand our present and prepare for our future. The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to support projects that will benefit all Americans and remind us of our shared human experience.”

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