The humanities are alive and well at Messiah College, but we need your help to continue our programs moving forward. Please consider contributing to our ongoing work, especially as it relates to student research in the humanities and efforts to engage our region with humanistic learning and programs.
In the fall I will be entering my eighteenth year on the history faculty of Messiah College and I am grateful for the college’s commitment to the study of history, philosophy, literature, modern and ancient languages, religion, political philosophy, peace and conflict, and rhetoric during a time when these disciplines and ways of thinking about the world are in jeopardy at colleges and universities across the country. I am also proud of our work in the region through our Center for Public Humanities, Digital Harrisburg Initiative, and Public Humanities Fellows Program.
As I have argued multiple times here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home and elsewhere, the humanities are absolutely essential to future of American democracy and the common good. I am thankful to work and teach at a place where my colleagues and administration are on board with this mission.
I hope you will consider helping us strengthen the humanities at Messiah College by making a donation at our crowdfunding page.
Below is a letter that Peter Powers, Dean of the School of Humanities, recently sent to Messiah humanities alums. It is a nice summary of some of our humanities-based programs.
One of my great pleasures as Dean is seeing humanities students in this school help us understand the world, and also change the world for the better. One big way they accomplish that is through undergraduate research that contributes to the public good through community engagement. I’d like to invite you to partner with us in continuing our work for the common good through the work of our undergraduate scholars.
Two programs of which I’m especially proud are our Public Humanities Fellows and our Digital Harrisburg Initiative. Students in these programs work collaboratively with faculty and with community partners to deepen their understanding of their disciplines and to directly contribute to educational and cultural needs of the Harrisburg region. Whether helping school students to research and write poetry about their neighborhoods, or collaborating with community members to map the stories of their Harrisburg ancestors, these programs help us deepen our civic engagement as our understanding of one another.
Together these programs exemplify undergraduate humanities research for the public good, a fact recognized by the Council of Independent Colleges when they recently awarded Messiah College a grant to collaborate with multiple public and private partners in remembering and celebrating the history of an important African American neighborhood in Harrisburg from the early 20th century. Such partnerships exemplify the best of what it means for us as Messiah College to be a Christian institution of higher education that is working for the common good with our community neighbors.
This work requires steady commitment of time, energy, and talent. I invite you to partner with us in this commitment. You could do this in several ways. First, pray for us, as you have the opportunity. Second, consider supporting this work by donating to this project. Every donation will help us meet our goal of raising ten thousand dollars. Every dollar will go directly to supporting undergraduate research in the humanities, with a priority given to the Public Humanities and the Digital Harrisburg initiative. Finally, help us out by sharing this project with other people in your social and personal networks, letting them know we would value their support. To learn more or donate – check-out our crowdfunding page! Visit: https://crowdshark.webapps.messiah.edu/humanitiesresearch/donate/115
With gratitude for your support,
Dean, School of the Humanities