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Faculty Awarded Liberal Arts and Sustainability Course Development Funds

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Three faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) have been awarded "Liberal Arts and Sustainability" course development funds from the UNH Sustainability Academy (UNHSA). The awards highlight the humanities contributions to sustainability and foster exchange between liberal arts and humanities faculty with colleagues in the natural, social, health, and engineering sciences through the lens of sustainability.

Susan Curry of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Classics) will be teaching a course titled "Sustaining Ancient Rome: The Ecological Costs of Empire"; Courtney Marshall of English and Women's Studies will be teaching "Race, Gender and Environmental Justice"; and Joelle Ryan of Women's Studies will be teaching "The Global Sex Industry: Exploring Transnational Feminism, Ecocriticism and Sex Worker Rights."

Open to all faculty in COLA, the "Liberal Arts and Sustainability" awards provide $2,000 for course development and $1,000 for course implementation. Courses will be offered during the next academic year and connect with UNH's proposed sustainability dual major. Awardees are invited to participate in a joint UNHSA and Center for the Humanities faculty seminar around what it means to teach about or within sustainability.

"We conceive of sustainability in the broadest possible terms, covering topics such as environmental history, art and literature, studies of space and place, cultural heritage, social and economic justice, and diversity," says Siobhan Senier, associate professor in English and a culture and sustainability faculty fellow with the Sustainability Academy. "These awards reflect and support the growing and important scholarship in COLA around sustainability."

"The humanities are absolutely critical to sustainability," adds Tom Kelly, UNH chief sustainability officer. "We congratulate and look forward to working with the awardees."

The UNH Sustainability Academy also offers COLA faculty awards for co-curricular programming around the liberal arts and sustainability. Learn more or apply here.