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July 7, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Mellon grant will boost humanities studies at UPS

Students read outside on a warm spring day at the University of Puget Sound. Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times 2013.

Students read outside on a warm spring day at the University of Puget Sound. Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times 2013.

Who says the humanities are dead? Last week, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced a $600,000 grant to the University of Puget Sound for use in the school’s new humanities and honors-program initiatives.

UPS officials say they’ll use the grant to develop new classes and to explore new ways of learning.

With the grant, UPS will expand and restructure interdisciplinary classes in the humanities, arts, culture and technology. Classes will be taught across disciplines, and experiential learning will be expanded to involve hands-on projects or community activities.

The grant money will also allow UPS to involve more students in honors and humanities studies. The school will develop classes in film, video and new media, and the study of queer cultures will be included as integral to the study of humanities.

The work begins this summer, UPS officials said, and the aim is to create new programs by mid-2018.

“These are exciting times for the humanities and for our students as we see the human experience so dynamically implicated with the forces of new technologies and the shifting face of global cultures,” Puget Sound President Ronald R. Thomas said in a statement.

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