Ivy Tech-Lafayette professor receives national recognition as Summer Scholar

LAFAYETTE – David Berry, dean and professor for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar.

Berry was selected to attend one of ten summer study opportunities supported by the NEH, a federal agency that supports Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops which allows faculty to work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines. Only 25 scholars from the United States were selected to participate and twelve international college faculty.

Berry will participate in a workshop entitled “History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War.” The week long program will be held in July at the East-West Center in Honolulu and directed by Professor Geoff White of the University of Hawaii.

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.

Topics for the ten Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops offered for community college faculty this summer are: the social and economic transformation of the Piedmont after the Civil War; the Gilded Age in American Politics and Literature; African-American history and culture in the Georgia Lowcountry; Transcendentalism in Concord, Massachusetts; Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront; Philadelphia’s place in early America; the Civil Rights movement; Pilgrims, Wampanoag Indians and Plymouth, Massachusetts; the High Plains Native Americans; and legacies of the Pacific War. The approximately 500 faculty members who participate in these studies will teach over 87,500 American students the following year.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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