June 09, 2014
Northampton Community College's National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) theme for academic year 2014-2015 will be Agriculture and the American Identity.
Through book discussions, lectures, and workshops, the series will explore early American agriculturists, Native Americans, European settlers, and Westward expansionists and how their relationship to the land set the course for how the country would see and present itself. The series will also probe how definitions of freedom and nationhood have changed with the growing industrialization of food and rise of food corporations. "As the relationship with food gets further away from individual producers, so does the control of freedoms and national identity," says Kelly Allen, NCC assistant professor of English and faculty coordinator.
The series is a chapter in NCC's annual, yearlong humanities, multimedia explorations of important topics in American history. In previous years, the NEH series has explored The Meaning of Freedom on the 250th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, The American Presidency, and Off to War and Coming Home: Historical Perspectives on Veterans During and After Their Service, 1946-Present. Events will be open to the public, free of charge. Further details will be available as events are scheduled.
Exploration of Agriculture and the American Identity is being made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, matched by generous donors and community partners that include the Bethlehem Area Public Library, Eastern Monroe Public Library, Bethlehem Area School District, Historic Bethlehem Partnership, and Monroe County Historical Association.
Events will be open to the public, free of charge. For more information call 610-861-5300.
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