Public Humanities

Mission Statement

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 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

For more information, please contact graduate assistant Rex Siers at

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2018 SU Community Grant

The Fulton Public Humanities Program is pleased to offer a competitive grant up to the amount of $500. The grant is open to SU staff, faculty, students, and community members for work toward a project or event that fits and promotes a better understanding of marginalized groups, areas, and topics and will occur up through the fall 2018 semester. More information about our mission can be found on our webpage.

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.

Applicants should send a one-page description of the project as well as a detailed budgetshowing how the funding would be used, and make mention of any other funding requested or secured from other sources. Sample proposals from previous years are available upon request. The proposal must outline clearly the intended outcome(s) of the project, and the ways in which they further the key goals of the Public Humanities Program.

The deadline for Submission is March 29 at 11:59 pm.

Please send all proposals as PDF or Word files to Mr. Rex Siers, PHP Graduate Assistant at: