Mark Canuel, Rachel Havrelock Awardees of Presidential Initiative: Expanding the Impact of the Arts and Humanities

Professors Mark Canuel and Rachel Havrelock are each part of teams that have been selected for the Presidential Initiative: Expanding the Impact of Arts and Humanities awards.

Prof. Canuel's project with Rhea Ballad-Thrower and Sandra De Groote (both of UIC) is called The Multiethnic Digital Humanities Project and received a $175,000 award. "The project will use digital tools and platforms to connect Black studies, Asian studies, Latin American and Latino studies, Native American and Indigenous studies and other key areas. The project leaders plan to build on the success of the Digital Humanities Initiative, which helped transform humanities work and artistic expression with digital research tools and innovative online platforms. By applying digital tools to multiethnic studies, the project will extend their public reach, as well as embracing faculty work from all three universities in the system."

Prof. Havrelock's project with Anne-Marie Hanson (UIS) has also been awarded $175,000. American Plumbing: The Canals, Rivers, and Communities that Bridge North and South – Illinois Rivers Project "is designed to increase knowledge about the state’s waterways and bring new voices to issues related to the environment and climate change. The five planned events will showcase local culture and open dialogues about water that allow experts from the U of I System to both teach and learn from the public. Working with partners, project leaders also plan to author stories, record knowledge and design interactive digital features – including an Illinois rivers website – that will later be featured in a series of public events."