Fulton School of Liberal Arts Public Humanities Program
The Fulton Public Humanities Program (FPHP) exists to support, organize, and develop academic programs and events that promote public awareness and understanding of marginalized groups, moments, and events in history (up to the present). It provides opportunities for programs that possess curricular and academic value in the recovery, commemoration, and study of human experience in all its complex diversity using the unique methods and core perspectives of the Humanities.
- Fall 2021 (ongoing) Blessing Boxes
Location: Multiple (TBD) locations around Salisbury
Event Details: This event calls attention to the problems of poverty and hunger in the Salisbury area. Boxes built by SU student, Laura Amrhein, will solicit public donations of food, toiletries, school supplies, and other necessities that will be given to those needing them. A video project documents the process of creating the boxes and making them available to the public.
- Fall 2021 (ongoing) SU Cures COVID
Location: Multiple locations around Salisbury
Event Details: This ongoing project makes COVID vaccine information more accessible to speakers of English, Spanish, Korean, and Haitian-Creole in the Salisbury area. Partnering with the Wicomico Health Department, volunteers will distribute leaflets designed by students and go door-to-door to reach communities with lower vaccine rates.
- Fall 2021 Semester Civic Reflection Student Fellows
Event Details: A new student-run series based on civic reflections to improve communication around issues of diversity and inclusion on and off campus. Twice each month, civic reflection dialogues will help members of the campus community explore, share, listen, and learn from one another about topics such as intersecting social identities, privilege, oppression, and social justice and the ways these topics affect each of our lives.
Cosponsored by PACE
- 11/16/2021, 7 p.m. Afghanistan in Transition
Location: Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall
Event Details: Discuss the historical, cultural and sociopolitical context of the past and current situation in Afghanistan, including the U.S. involvement in the region, the lead-up to the collapse of the Afghan government and the future under Taliban rule.
- 11/4/2021, 6:30-8 p.m. Frères ennemis: The French in American Literature, Americans in French Literature
Location: Conway 152
Event Details: In this talk, Dr. William Cloonan of Florida State University examines French and American fiction to understand a curious, but persistent Franco-American conundrum: while the French and the Americans are always allies in the face of major international crises, they nevertheless seem to often question each other’s core values and lifestyles.
Cosponsored by the Department of Modern Languages
- 11/4/2021, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Rethinking Indigenous History through Archaeology, or Colonization from a Piscataway Point-of-View
Location: Academic Commons Assembly Hall
Event Details: In this Native American History Month lecture, anthropologist Dr. Julia A. King from St. Mary’s College of Maryland will use artifacts and other landscape features unearthed through archaeological investigation of the Piscataway chiefdom on the lower western shore of Maryland to describe an Indigenous history of colonial Maryland in the face of both territorial and bodily displacement. Dr. King recently received a substantial Archaeology Grant from the National Park Services to fund a complete archeological overview and assessment of Piscataway Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Cosponsored by the Department of History.
- Throughout October Coming Out: Stories of Support on the Shore
Event Details: Coinciding with LGBTQ+ History Month and National Coming Out Day (October 11), this virtual video project collects the “coming out” stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) people living in the Salisbury, Maryland area and the allies who support them. Videos and accompanying descriptions will be available on the Salisbury PFLAG website (www.salisburypflag.com) and its social media accounts.
- 10/24/2021, 12-4 p.m. (ongoing) The First Salisbury Environmental Justice Leadership Summit: A 30-Year Reflection
Location: Academic Commons, Room 462
Event Details: This event celebrates the 30th anniversary of the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit which changed the course of the modern environmental and social justice movements. Keynote speakers as well as SU student speakers will increase awareness of environmental justice issues and discuss solutions for inequity present in and around our community. Cosponsored by the Environmental Studies Department, Environmental Student Association, Political Science Department
- 10/15/2021, 5-8 p.m. “Ask a Philosopher” Philosopher Booth
Location: The Plaza, Downtown Salisbury
Event Details: Ian Olasov, author of Ask a Philosopher: Answers to Your Most Important and Most Unexpected Questions, will appear in person along with SU Philosophy students at the Third Friday event in Downtown Salisbury where they will host an “Ask a Philosopher” booth. Members of the public are encouraged to stop by and pose questions for discussion.
- 10/14/2021, 5-6:15 p.m. "Ask a Philosopher" Author Talk
Location: TE 153
Event Details: On Thursday, October 14th, Ian Olasov, author of Ask a Philosopher: Answers to Your Most Important and Most Unexpected Questions, will be on campus to discuss his book involving the questions we all wrestle with, as well as a few questions you many never have thought to consider.
- Fall 2021 (ongoing) Blessing Boxes
Previous Events and Programs Funded by this Committee
- 5/3/2021, 5 p.m. The Persecution of Jews in the Age of the Black Death
Societies in crisis find surprisingly sophisticated ways to blame the marginalized in their midst. The Black Death was one of the greatest disasters in human history, in a century marked by famine, war, and political turmoil. Further waves of plague continued to strike Europe in the decades that followed. In response, city governments cracked down on their marginalized populations, seeking to further exclude Jews, sex workers, and the homeless from the social body. Abigail Agresta's talk will discuss how these governments used contemporary understandings of epidemic disease to justify such measures, using medical theory to paint a picture of a society under threat.
Abigail Agresta is Assistant Professor of History at George Washington University. Her research examines the environmental and public health history of multi faith societies in late medieval Iberia. Her most recent article, "From Purification to Protection: Plague Response in Late Medieval Valencia," examines the city government of Valencia's efforts to confront successive waves of plague.
- 4/30/2021, 3 p.m. Race & Religion from Senegal to Spain
Race and religion, sometimes both together, have often been reduced to a single lens. In scholarly and artistic representations, as in everyday discussion, a narrow conception of group identity and moral conviction often predominates, shaped in the main by awareness of Middle Eastern scriptures, North American politics, European experiences. This symposium brings together historians of the western Islamic world—Senegal-to-Spain—with a keynote presentation on intellectual exchanges in Andalucía around the year 1400, and another keynote on intellectual exchanges in the Sahara around the year 1800. This broad region may seem disconnected, marginal to the core of today’s moral, geopolitical, and group contests. Nothing could be further from the truth. Historically, Senegal-to-Spain is the cradle of European global exploration, of the trans-Saharan and Atlantic slave trade, and of Arabic as the language of commerce and culture for large populations in the West. These overlooked origins of modernity lie at the heart of the crises of migration, belief, and resource extraction defining the 21st century.
- 4/22/2021, 2-3 p.m. Virtual Tour of the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
Celebrate women’s history with a live virtual tour of Susan B. Anthony’s historic home in Rochester, New York. This hour-long program features Susan B. Anthony's life and work, focusing on her formative years, relationships, conflicts and tactics. We also take a virtual tour of the House as we consider the question "Does her history matter, and if so why?"
- 4/9/2021, 2 p.m. Zakiyyah Iman Jackson talk on her book Becoming Human; Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World
Zakiyyah Iman Jackson talk on her book Becoming Human; Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World
Zakiyyah Iman Jackson’s book Becoming Human argues that African-American, African, and Caribbean texts generate conceptions of being and materiality that disrupt a human-animal distinction that reproduces the racial logics and orders of Western thought. The event will be held over Zoom, is free, and will be open to the public.
- 2/25/2021, 5:30 p.m. Chivalry and Antemurale Rhetoric as a Response to Ottoman Expansion in Europe
- 2/25/2021, 6 p.m. The Hate U Give Book and Film Discussion
- 3/08/2021, 4 p.m. Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy by Nuria Garcia Masip
- 3/22, 7 p.m. Typical Behavior of Little England: Barbados during the Black Lives Matter Movement
- 3/25, 4 p.m. Lady Doctor: A Visit with Elizabeth Blackwell
- 3/29, 6 p.m. Virtual Presentation on “Dare to Disappoint” by Ozge Samanci
- Dances with Wolves at 30: Virtual Roundtable Discussion
- The Hate U Give—Movie Screening and Book Discussion
- What we look for When We Look for Our Roots
- Erik DeLuca Artist Talk on Timesteps Invitation to Listen in a Van
- African Americans and the Vote
- Delmarva and the Vietnam War
- Energy and Urban Design in the Middle East
- What Remains: Coming to Terms with Civil War in 19th Century China
- Avoiding Fake News
- Sankofa Series
- ECI Writing Program
- Children, Numbers, and Philosophy
- “On Water” Film Screening
- University Fictions
- How Land is the Universe
- Projecting Identity
- Past, Present, and Future of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe
- 5/3/2021, 5 p.m. The Persecution of Jews in the Age of the Black Death
About the Program
The Fulton Public Humanities Program (FPHP) exists to support, organize, and develop academic programs and events that promote public awareness and understanding of marginalized groups, moments, and events in history (up to the present). It provides opportunities for programs that possess curricular and academic value in the recovery, commemoration, and study of human experience in all its complex diversity using the unique methods and core perspectives of the Humanities.*
The Fulton Public Humanities Program’s Responsibilities
The Fulton Public Humanities Program’s core responsibilities are to:
- Organize, sponsor, and promote academic events (such as but not limited to keynote speakers, lectures, exhibitions) related to chronological areas that are typically underserved, and marginalized regional, ethnic, cultural, sexual, gender, and racial identities.
- Organize, sponsor, and promote academic events related to the celebration of “heritage” and “history” months such as African-American History Month, Native American Heritage Month, and Women's History Month, and supplement existing curricular and extracurricular programming on the Salisbury University campus.
- Provide assistantship opportunities for Graduate students and undergraduate internships in the Humanities, public history, and event organization.
- Provide resources for Faculty in the Fulton School to develop initiatives and research/teaching projects related to the study and public appreciation of marginalized areas/peoples
- Apply for grants to provide sustainable funds for the initiative
What are the humanities?
"The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life." --National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended on the National Endowment for Humanities Website.
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- Spring 2022 Proposals Due: October 1, 2021
- Fall 2023 Proposals Due: April 15, 2021
The Fulton Public Humanities Program is pleased to offer competitive grants to projects that further the mission of the SU humanities. The grant is open to community members and SU students, staff, and faculty for work toward a project or event that:
- Fits and promotes a better understanding of marginalized groups, areas, and topics
- Is completed, and its receipts received, by June 1, 2022.
Community members may submit proposals up to $500. There is currently no maximum on the amount SU students, staff, and faculty may request, though proposals will be considered in terms of how well they match the program’s initiatives and how much funds are available.
Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: community outreach initiatives, exhibits, public lectures, and scholarly work. Applicants are not required to do so, but the committee encourages proposals relevant to recent world events. Eligible submissions will incorporate the values and methods of the humanities in the proposed project.
To apply for a Fulton Public Humanities Grant, all applicants must complete the official Event Proposal Form accessible at the following link:
The proposal must outline clearly:
- The intended outcome(s) of the project
- How the project furthers the key goals of the Fulton Public Humanities Program
- The project’s budget
- Any other funding requested or secured from other sources.
Please send all proposals as PDF or Word files to Patricia Filutze, FPH Program Specialist, at: email@example.com.
SU is an Equal Opportunity/AA/Title IX university and provides reasonable accommodation given sufficient notice to the University office or staff sponsoring the event or program. For more information regarding SU’s policies and procedures, please visit our Equity Webpage.