The Penn State College of the Liberal Arts has received a $25,000 planning grant through the National Endowment of the Humanities' Next Generation PhD initiative that has the potential to reshape graduate education in the humanities.
From its original mission of interpreting and reflecting on the transformative experience of the Civil War itself, Penn State's Richards Civil War Era Center and its scholarship now encompass themes spanning Atlantic World slavery, emancipation, constitutionalism, the expansion of democracy, religion and social movements, women's rights, immigration, western expansionism, war and society, and the struggles of labor. In addition to fostering this forum, the Center is training scholars who are making significant contributions in the field.
Graduate students graduating in fall 2012, spring 2013 and summer 2013 will receive a special diploma cover in recognition of their distinction as the 150th Anniversary Graduating Class. The diploma cover is just one of the many ways Penn State's anniversary of 150 years of graduate education will be observed throughout the academic year. The celebration includes regional receptions, exhibits and a weekend of events to take place March 22 to 24. For more information, visit http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/av/GradEd_150Years/ or contact Steve Blake, director of development, Research and the Graduate School, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-863-6311.