Through this initiative, areas within the existing curriculum will be coordinated as multi-year “course clusters” connected by a common theme, creating collaborations that provide a path for students to explore such a theme from many perspectives over the course of their Bowdoin education, in conjunction with—or alongside—their majors and minors. Each cluster of courses will offer new opportunities for students to engage with faculty research, provide support for independent student research, and incorporate symposia and lectures involving distinguished visiting speakers. Together these activities will enrich the experience of students across traditional disciplinary boundaries and nurture a stronger intellectual community among faculty and students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation currently makes grants in five core program areas:
Within each of its core programs, the Foundation concentrates most of its grantmaking in a few areas. Institutions and programs receiving support are often leaders in fields of Foundation activity, but they may also be promising newcomers, or in a position to demonstrate new ways of overcoming obstacles to achieve program goals.
Background photograph: Hubbard Hall.