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Spotlight: Central New York Humanities Corridor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen scholarship in the humanities and "humanistic" social sciences. 

Recognizing the strength of humanities education and research existing among Syracuse University, Cornell University, and the University of Rochester, the Mellon Foundation has awarded a four-year, $1 million grant to establish the Humanities Corridor of Central New York.

The large-scale initiative will connect teaching and research in the humanities across these three leading institutions, focusing on six thematic clusters: philosophy, linguistics, religions and cultures, visual arts and cultures, musicology/music history, and humanities at the intersection of science/technology.

Corridor activities include convening meetings and conferences, inter-institution faculty and graduate student research, doctoral training, and public programs.

Examples of recent activities sponsored by the Humanities Corridor and supported by the Mellon Foundation include:

  • Music and the Common Good: Listening to Haudenosaunee Voices—This special ethnomusicology event oHaudenosaunee Symposiumpened a dialogue among Haudenosaunee cultural workers and Central New York educators, students, and arts organizers around the issues of musical identity, the media, and the common good.
  • The Composer Apprentice Project—This partnership brings composition students from Syracuse University and Cornell together with the celebrated chamber ensemble Brave New Works, which will give concerts at both institutions and perform works by the students. In addition to gaining insight into the creative process, the students will learn, in real time, how to prepare a piece of original music with a professional ensemble.
  • Annual meeting of the North East Linguistics Society—Each fall, this event—one of the world's most prestigious conferences in theoretical linguistics—is held at a different campus in North America. In 2008, a "joint enterprise" among SU, Cornell, and the University of Rochester featured a variety of speakers and presenters.

For more information, including the latest news, visit the Humanities Corridor of Central New York web site.

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