Humanities Programs

The NY Council for the Humanities has funded multiple programs at Daemen College. 

World Refugee Day 2013-Refugee Studies Initiative

Dr. Joseph Sankoh, History & Government, Dr. Andrew Wise, History & Government, Cheryl Bird, Center for Sustainable Communities & Civic Engagement were awarded a $1500 planning grant from the New York Council for the Humanities in March 2013.  With these funds, Dr. Ben Moore of Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri, visited Daemen College from March 25-27, 2013, to share expertise for developing a Refugee Studies Program at Daemen and to discuss ideas for the participation of the college in upcoming World Refugee Day Celebrations through a symposium and other events. Dr. Moore is a cofounder of the Bosnia Memory Project, dedicated to establishing an enduring record of Bosnian genocide survivors, especially those living in the St. Louis area.

The Sister Jeanne File Art History Memorial Lecture Series
In September of 2011, Daemen was awarded $2920 from The New York Council for the Humanities mini-grant program to support the second annual Sister Jeanne File Art History Memorial Lecture Series.  Grant funds will be used toward advertising for the program, allowing the College to reach and engage a broader audience. Laura Sommer is the project director for the grant. In 2012,  Daemen was also awarded $500 from the Town of Amherst Arts & Culture in Public Places Board.

Theater of War
In November of 2008, Daemen was awarded a grant of $2083 from the New York Council for the Humanities to bring Theater of War, presented by the Philoctetes Project, to the Daemen campus.  On Saturday, November 15, 2008, Daemen hosted a dramatic reading of the Greek plays “Philoctetes” and “ Ajax ”.   A panel discussion took place after the readings.  Andrew Wise, Associate Professor of History and Government, coordinated the development of the proposal and the event and served as the project director and moderator of the panel discussion.

The Accuracy of Eyewitness Testimony
This competitive grant for $1440 helped pay for costs of travel and publicity for Dr. Gary Wells, keynote speaker at the Daemen College Academic Festival in April of 2001. This event was made possible by the NY Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.   Andrew Wise, Denise Emer, and Margene Weiss co-authored the proposal.

Teaching with Film: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cinema Studies
In 1999, the NY Council for the Humanities granted $900 to for a conference at Daemen in which 30 scholars from over a dozen colleges delivered papers on teaching with film. In addition to students and scholars, the conference attracted secondary school teachers and offered a special roundtable on teaching strategies at the college and high school levels.   Andrew Wise developed the proposal and oversaw the project.


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