Since it was established in the 1970s at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (see here), the Graduate Humanities Program has a long history of engaging in projects and partnerships that augment the Program’s mission, and advances its tradition of outreach and civic engagement. Below are some of the Program’s most recent projects and partnerships involving faculty, students, and community partners.
The Public Humanities Project
The Public Humanities Project is a long-term strategic plan to augment, strengthen, and grow a curriculum in public humanities that will directly benefit both our students and the communities and organizations surrounding the Marshall University Graduate College South Charleston campus. Some of the seminars taught in this initiative since 2006 include: Seminar in Public Humanities, Public Relations for Nonprofits, Grant Writing in the Humanities, Museum Studies and Exhibit Design, Social Memory and Oral History, and Exhibits for/in Local Communities. Several of the projects and partnerships highlighted below have grown out of this initiative. Read more here. Contact the Director for more information
The Glenwood Project
The Glenwood Project is a Graduate Humanities Program initiative to facilitate public engagement with the rich and complicated history of Charleston and the Kanawha Valley through the lens of the Glenwood Estate in West Charleston, now owned and maintained by the Historic Glenwood Foundation (formerly the Marshall University Graduate College Foundation). The project was initially funded through a partnership with the West Virginia Humanities Council, Council for West Virginia Archaeology, Kanawha Valley Historical & Preservation Society, Historic Glenwood Foundation, College of Education and Professional Development, and College of Liberal Arts. Program faculty, students, and community partners finished Phase I (which included preliminary research and a public symposium) in 2006-2007, Phase II (which included a traveling exhibit of the Estate and its impact on the region) in 2008-2010, and Phase III (which included an oral history research component) in 2011-2012. New and current phases of the project are ongoing, now conducted through the auspices of the Glenwood Center for Scholarship in the Humanities (see below).
In 2014, the Glenwood Project engendered a new Center, a public-private partnership between the Historic Glenwood Foundation, Marshall University Graduate Humanities Program, and West Virginia State University History Program. For more, see here.
Museum Studies and Exhibit Design
Due to ongoing student interest, the Program began offering occasional seminars in museum studies and exhibit design, which have engendered many local exhibits. Exhibits have included “The Other Charleston” (a Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery photography exhibition) and “They Are Still With Us” (an installment of the Clay Center‘s “Lightscapes for the Holidays”), “Drawing Hope” exhibition, and “Glenwood: Window to the West Side.” For a recent exhibit by one of our graduates, see here.