Ivy Tech-Lafayette prof receives nat’l recognition as Summer Scholar

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — 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.

National Endowment for the Humanities LogoBerry 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.

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