Newman awarded its first Humanities Grant from the NEH

By Courtney Klaus, Editor-In-Chief

The Humanities Division at Newman has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This is the first time Newman has received a grant from the endowment, Professor of History Cheryl Golden said.

The proposal for the grant says the money will be used to “develop a new emphasis in technology and human values.”

In particular, Golden said, the grant will help finance pilot programs for students majoring in criminal justice or data analytics, as those curriculums will integrate the discipline of humanities to compliment the technological nature of the majors and application of their professions.

“The kind of tech we’ll be using in 15 to 20 years will be something we haven't even thought of yet. Shouldn't the people who dream up and come up with these amazing technologies be somehow grounded in the humanities?” Golden said.

Golden said she and Associate Professor of Philosophy Jamey Findling put together a proposal for the grant with the help of a committee consisting of Professor of Communication Audrey Hane, Dean of Arts & Sciences Lori Steiner, and Administrative Assistant for the Humanities Denise Cooley.

“The committee put together everything and helped us with the research we needed to do in order to support the application. It was a real team effort,” Golden said.

Faculty will spend a year researching and planning the new program, which will include new internship opportunities for students and more connections with people in the technology business in Wichita.

“I think a big benefit is the recognition from the NEH, the exciting opportunity to engage with new people… and the opportunity to engage the wider Wichita region,” Golden said, “...and this brings prestige to our institution.”