Thank you for meeting the challenge

The NEH Challenge Grant recognized Miami's innovative approach to faculty-student collaboration, its emphasis on pressing social challenges, and its commitments to public engagement and research excellence.  The award challenged Miami University to raise $1.5 million over the five years. 

Thanks to you, we met the challenge in 2019, six months ahead of schedule. The result was a new $2 million endowment to sustain the Center’s existing work and support three new programs: Humanities Labs, a Faculty Research Collective, and the Research Apprenticeship Program.  

Since 2015:

• More than 8,000 people have aended our lectures, symposia, readings and other events.
• 1,000 Miami students have benefited from our special classes, workshops and programs.
• 300 undergraduates have participated in our student research programs.
• 200 faculty members have joined our collaborative projects.
• The Humanities Center has grown into a vital interdisciplinary hub with 16 different programsfor students, faculty and community members.

Gifts to the 2015 NEH Challenge Endowment allowed us to create three new programs:

Our Humanities Labs now offer something most college courses cannot: an intense opportunityto work with a faculty team on experiments and hands-on projects that speak to a public audience.

Our Research Apprenticeship Program has put 60 undergraduates to work on faculty projects. Apprentices contribute to publication, develop close relationships with faculty, and gain valuable, practical experience.

• The Humanities Research Collaborative has fostered a new faculty podcast on the sonic arts and humanities, “Phantom Power”; a stunning PBS documentary, “Metal Road (2017)”; and across-campus environmental humanities project entitled “Approaching Extinction.”In 2015, the Miami University Humanities Center won a prestigious $500,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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