Sunday, September 3, 2017

NKU Awarded NSF Grant: The Parker Academy: Investigating the Intersections of Freedom, Social Justice, Archaeology, History, and Geography

We are happy to announce that NKU has just been awarded a substantial National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant (NSF REU Site: The Parker Academy: Investigating the Intersections of Freedom, Social Justice, Archaeology, History, and Geography, see: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517  for information about the REU Program). This award involves a three-year transdisciplinary collaboration under the direction of Professor William Landon (PI), Professor Sharyn Jones (Co-PI), and Associate Professor Brian Hackett (Senior Personnel) (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1659467&HistoricalAwards=false).  The REU will build on previous work at the Parker Academy (https://parkeracademy.wordpress.com/) and both faculty and student research will focus on exploring important real world problems including race, gender equality, and social justice in American History through excavations and archival research at the Parker Academy in New Richmond, Ohio. The Parker Academy, founded in 1839, was, evidence suggests, the first school in Ohio, and possibly the country, to offer education to both boys and girls, regardless of race—in the same classroom. Most importantly this grant enables the research team to hire up to 15 undergraduate students each year to work as research fellows. The foundation for this project is built on a wide range of community partnerships including that with the Village of New Richmond, with Mr. Greg Roberts (the landowner), and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which is planning an upcoming exhibition based upon our findings.