<div dir="ltr">Dear Black Studies colleagues:<br><br>The MLA has awarded a $3,000 grant to Maria and me to develop a Black Studies-oriented Humanities course, aimed both at offering students a course that focuses on the contributions of Black thinkers to Western History and Knowledge, and at creating links to our existing Humanities sections by helping instructors who want to incorporate Black Studies issues and texts do so. <br><br>The grant proposes Maria teaching a new Humanities course on the topic in Fall 2019, with the hope this will become a regular curricular option taught, revised to suit individual instructors, by Black Studies faculty (esp. those currently teaching HUMN as part of their course rotation). We're really hopeful this could both help increase Black Studies numbers and help with wider retention goals. Center for Integrative Learning will support the project.<br><br>There will be more news about planning steps, including getting those of you who want to involved in making this a reality, including proposing titles and speakers, but for now we just wanted to share the good news.<br><br>All best,<br><br>Lytton and Maria<br><br><br>--<br>Dr. Lytton Smith<br><br>Director, Center for Integrative Learning, Doty 303C (Tues/Thurs)<br>Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, Welles 230<br>Black Studies Faculty / Geneseo Literary Forum Coordinator<br><br>For a list of Geneseo Allies for Social Justice and Diversity, visit <a href="http://bit.ly/2fQrRne">http://bit.ly/2fQrRne</a>.