The city’s liberal arts university has been awarded two National Endowment for the Humanities grants for history and humanities professor’s projects.
The grants were awarded to the following:
$46,200 for Jennifer Tucker, Wesleyan Associate Professor of History, and her project, “French Enlightenment Philosopher and Critic Denis Diderot (1713-1784): The Art of Thinking Freely.”
$50,400 for Andrew Curran, Wesleyan Professor of the Humanities, and his project, “Caught on Camera: A History of Photographic Detection and Evasion.”
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro applauded the disbursement of highly competitive grants to Middletown’s college and four to Yale University for more than $700,000.
“They are leaders in producing critical pieces of work that are central to our culture, our creativity and our collective memory as a society. Everyone in Connecticut is proud that these world-class institutions call our community home,” DeLauro said.
Last December, the NEA awarded Wesleyan a $20,000 Arts Art Works grant to support the 2015–2016 Breaking Ground Dance Series.
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s cultural heritage and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America, according to its website.