Grants are in the Air: Indiana Humanities Awards Two Grants to the DTC

The Desmond Tutu Center is pleased to announce that we have been awarded two grants from Indiana Humanities. The first grant, one of Indiana Humanities’ Humanities Initiative grants, will help us support Books and Breakfast, a free Saturday morning book club devoted to reading, dialogue, and community growth.

The second grant, one of Indiana Humanities’ INcommon grants, was offered as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity initiative. As part of this initiative Indiana Humanities looked for “creative and thoughtful ideas that use humanities ideas, readings and scholars to spark in depth conversation, insight and consideration of others’ point of view on the persistent social, economic, cultural and racial issues that divide our communities.”

The project the DTC proposed and was awarded funds to pursue is a series of documentary viewing and community conversations based on the work Butler University College of Education faculty member and Tutu Fellows, Dr. Susan Adams and Dr. Brooke Kandel-Cisco. Adams and Kandel-Cisco, in their work as Tutu Fellows, created a documentary that highlights the experiences of Burmese refugees living in the Indianapolis area. The documentary humanizes the refugee experience while highlighting the challenges, joys, and complexities one faith community experienced as they sought to support and relate to their Burmese refugee neighbors. The Indiana Humanities grant provides the funds to screen the documentary in several venues throughout Indianapolis in the spring, summer and fall and to develop a curriculum of community conversations which Adams and Kandel-Cisco will lead along with members of the local Burmese community after each documentary screening. Through the community conversations we hope to further highlight the lessons provided by the documentary for those who live in a community in which cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity is present and who seek to build relationship and community across diversity.

Dates and venues will be posted on our website, so please stay tuned.

Sincere thanks to Indiana Humanities, The National Endowment for the Humanities and The Indianapolis Foundation for providing funds for these two grants and supporting us in our work.
Written by: Andrew Weller

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