Associate professor of English, Zola Noble received a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities to study at Ferrum College's summer institute's "Regional Study and the Liberal Arts: Appalachia Up-Close," June 8-July 4.
The institute seeks scholars who are interested in how regional perspectives comment on wider national and global issues, and how regional material can enhance the undergraduate curriculum.
Through the grant from the National Endowment for Humanities, Noble will be researching the life of Heinrich Adam Herrmann, a German immigrant known in historical documents as Adam Harman, one of the earliest settlers to southwestern Virginia.
"I have a passion for this area of the country, and to be able to spend four weeks studying the culture, history, literature, and religion of the region is very exciting for me," said Noble.
Noble is one of 25 professors selected to participate in the institute. Participants come from a variety of disciplines from across the nation. The Institute will examine Appalachian issues that link regional study to the liberal arts.
"An emphasis of the summer institute is to consider ways that regional studies impact the liberal arts," said Noble. "I hope to bring back to AU a better understanding of how this might be done in the liberal arts classes I teach."
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