Central New York Humanities Corridor
Cultivating collaborative research, teaching, and programming

The Central New York Humanities Corridor, supported by an award from the Mellon Foundation, is a research consortium linking 11 universities and colleges across the region to create a network cultivating innovative collaboration. The corridor institutions are Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart, and William Smith Colleges, Le Moyne College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, Syracuse University, and Union College.

I am currently involved in two projects that have been generously funded by this group. 

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Military Veterans Stories of Belonging, Transition, and Higher Education: Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide

In May 2022, this new working group, which is situated in the Archives & Media cluster, was awarded a CNY Humanities Corridor grant to focus on sharing stories about belonging, transition, knowledge, diverse communities of service, and divergent perspectives to bridge the rising civilian-military divide in Post-9/11 U.S./American culture. 

 

With fewer than one percent of Americans serving in the military and only seven percent are veterans, most citizens don’t know much about military culture, and/or the community's dedication to service and country. Thus, they may rely on portrayals of our veterans in the media or online--increasing stereotypes and myths about the military community, deepening the divide between the two cultures. 

The goals of this working group will be to:

  1. Create a space for interdisciplinary researchers to engage in dialogue—as a powerful humanities pedagogical method and a mode of communication across multiple perspectives—to read and share stories about Post-9/11 military service and veterans;

  2. Co-create a lasting public good in recorded and archived research-engaged community conversations about CNY veterans’ experiences in transitioning from war to higher education; and

  3. To reframe our myths about war and service by exploring diverse communities who serve—those from different geographical, cultural, religious, and professional backgrounds, including African and Native American veterans, women and immigrants, and veterans with disabilities (over 30% of the Post-9/11 cohort).

Group Organizers - Linda Euto

                               Jenn Poggi

                               Jennifer Reddy

                               Corri Zoli

Resistance Mapping

In May 2020, this working group, which is situated in the Digital Humanities cluster, was awarded a CNY Humanities Corridor grant to focus on mapping the interwoven histories of Native dispossession, racial segregation, and immigration in Rochester, N.Y., and document how past and present activism has challenged patterns of inequity. 

Resistance Mapping is led by a highly collaborative team of faculty, staff, students, and community partners across the Rochester region. This is a collaboration among institutions (the Antiracist Curriculum Project hosted by the PathStone Corp., the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Digital Scholarship at River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester) and community members, many of whose work on place-based racism and resistance extends beyond the bounds of this digital project.

 

This project has two distinct teams working in the initial phase - the Antiracist Curriculum Project Team and the Resistance Mapping Project Team. I am affiliated with the latter and have largely consulted on ideation and content rights and permissions issues to this point.

 

In May 2022, the project website was officially launched and houses curriculum resources, as well as maps documenting the region's school districts, points of resistance, racial covenants, and redlining. With the site built, we will now move into a new phase that will include developing historical and contemporary visual storytelling content. 

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Group Organizers:  Kristin Doughty

                               Kirin Makker

                               Kathryn Mariner

                               Whitney Sperrazza

Resistance Mapping Team:

Project Advisory Board - Kristin Doughty
                                        Kathryn Mariner 
                                        Joshua Meltzer
                                       Jenn Poggi
                                        Emily Sherwood 

Team Members - Jan Adil

                            Zee Chauhan

                            Eleni Duret

                            Leah Green

                            Alana Kornaker

                            Ching-Lam

                            Amanda Liang

                            Praksha Maheshwari

                            Alonni Reid

                            Whitney Sperrazza 

                            Blair Tinker

                            Rebekah Walker  

Antiracist Curriculum Team:

Co Leads - Keisha James

                  Shane Wiegand

Team Members - Greg Ahlquist

                           Pavatsath (Wasa) Bouphavong

                           Redia Bridges

                           Kimberly Brown

                           Brian Carberry

                           Khieta Davis

                           Tricia Gonzalez-Johnson

                           Anna Madrid

                           Marissa Privitere

                           Kerry Roberston

                           Dr. Crystal Simmons

                           Brennon Thompson

                           Danielle Turner