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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:00am

Faculty and students in Mercy College’s School of Liberal Arts are participating in the newly funded Latino and Latin American Studies Project, an interdisciplinary two-year project aimed at strengthening and enriching humanities teaching and scholarship.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Project is making it possible for faculty to explore and examine cultural contributions of the Latino culture and Latin America to the global community in order to develop a curriculum that fosters greater knowledge and expands students’ views.  

“Mercy College is committed to broadening program offerings for students that bring a new, sharpened global focus into the learning experience of students,” said Dr. Michael Sperling, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  

According to Dr. Miriam Gogol, School of Liberal Arts Dean, the Project has already led to the creation of three new multidisciplinary courses. “We are proud of our remarkable Humanities faculty who have distinguished themselves through their dynamic new Latino and Latin American Studies courses, supported by this prestigious NEH grant. The new courses diversify our curriculum and bring visibility to the College, by forging relations with the communities within which our campuses are situated.”

A Latino and Latin American Studies public lecture series has also been established to broaden students’ perspectives and to inform faculty as they work to further develop and enhance the curriculum. Lecture series topics include Latin American and Latino literature, immigration law, U.S. immigration policy, Latino students in New York City public schools, conducting business in Latin America, among others. 

About Mercy College

Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. www.mercy.edu/ 877-MERCY-GO.

 

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