Each year, the Institute invites applicants to its Community Fellows Program, open to any full time UAlbany faculty member within the College of Arts and Sciences whose project embraces the humanities, broadly defined. The fellow will engage in research on a project that connects directly with the community. In particular the Institute seeks to fund projects wherein the expertise of faculty member of the University can be brought to bear on important issues of the community.
2019-2020 Kendra Smith-Howard (History)
To better integrate place-based historical inquiry into the courses at the University at Albany, and to involve fellow faculty members and community organizations in designing and implementing these curricular initiatives. Focusing on two main projects: Environmental Justice in the Capital Region & Beyond; and Centering on First Prize: Community Life, Industry, and Environment in the Shadows of the Tobin Meatpacking Plant.
For his continued work on 98 Acres in Albany, which chronicles the biggest story in the history of Albany since its founding by the Dutch—the state’s 1962 appropriation of 98 acres in the city center for construction of a futuristic state capitol complex. The making of the Empire State Plaza demolished about 1,200 buildings and displaced about 7,000 people, making it one of the nation’s largest urban renewal projects in proportion to a city’s population. (Visit the project website, https://98acresinalbany.wordpress.com/.)
To extend and expand upon her earlier research on aging in place with a special focus on minority and immigrant elders in Albany, a growing segment of the older population in New York State and nationwide. This project also has an oral history component, as interviews will not only probe present-day experiences of aging but also inquire about long-term residents’ experiences of living in their communities at different parts of the life course.
Focusing on the work of the folk and blues musician better known as Lead Belly, in the context of the post-Reconstruction South, and exploring his short-lived but critical collaboration with Library of Congress music collector John A. Lomax, including a 1935 performance tour in Albany and other areas of upstate New York.
Experiential learning activities at UAlbany allow students to complement classroom knowledge and acquire relevant disciplinary and professional skills by participating in substantial, hands-on activities. Experiential or applied learning opportunities typically include planning, training, monitoring, reflection, and evaluation.
Examples where UAlbany students “learn by doing” include:
- Undergraduate [and graduate] research and field study
- Service-learning and volunteerism
- Internships, clinical placements, and co-ops
- Study abroad
- Course-based experiential learning, such as creative works, client and community projects, and field trips and site visits