• Ivy Tech-Lafayette professor receives national recognition as Summer Scholar

    July 18, 2011 No comments

    David Berry, dean and professor for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Ivy Tech Community College- Lafayette, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar.

    Berry was selected to attend one of ten summer study opportunities supported by the NEH, a federal agency that supports Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops which allows faculty to work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines. Only 25 scholars from the United States were selected to participate.

    Berry will participate in a workshop entitled “Passages: Community Memory and Landmarks of Migration.” The weeklong program will be held in July at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland and is directed by Professor John Grabowski of Case Western Reserve University.

    In 1867, the Western Reserve Historical Society was founded to preserve and present the history of all of the people of northeast Ohio. Today, it is the largest privately supported regional historical society in the nation. The Western Reserve Historical Society is a not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and uses its collections, historic sites, and museums to inspire people to explore the history and culture of Northeastern Ohio and place that regional experience within the larger context of state, national, and global history.

    Topics for the ten Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops offered for community college faculty this summer are: African-American history and culture in the Georgia Lowcountry, the American Lyceum and public culture in Boston, the artistic and educational legacy of Black Mountain College in Ashville, North Carolina, Transcendentalism in Concord, Massachusetts, from freedom summer to the Memphis sanitation workers strike in Jackson, Mississippi, labor, race, and the urban landscape of Pullman, in Chicago, Philadelphia’s place in early America, shipwrecks and maritime landscapes of the Great Lakes in Alpena, Michigan, and legacies and landmarks of Thomas Jefferson in Washington, DC and Monticello, Virginia. The approximately 500 faculty members who participate in these studies will teach over 87,500 American students the following year.

    Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


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