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Mellon Foundation Awards Macalester $1 Million for Curricular Innovation

SAINT PAUL – May 2, 2008 – Macalester College has received an award of $1 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop innovative curriculum in four new or revised interdisciplinary academic concentrations: Global Citizenship, Human Rights & Humanitarianism, Urban Studies and Community & Global Health. 

The grant, which will underwrite a three-year "Curricular Pathways Project,"
includes support for curriculum development, student research and internships, cultivation of civic engagement opportunities and faculty development workshops and seminars.

Funding is provided for the Urban Faculty Colloquium, conducted in the Twin Cities, and the Faculty Development International Seminar, which convenes every two years outside the United States.  The grant will be co-directed by Jan Serie, O. T. Walter Professor of Biology, and Karin Aguilar San Juan, Associate Professor of American Studies, and a co-creator of the Urban Faculty Seminar, a forerunner of the planned Urban Faculty Colloquium.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation currently makes grants in six core program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship, Scholarly Communications, Research in Information Technology, Museums and Art Conservation, Performing Arts and Conservation and the Environment.

Upon learning of the award, President Brian Rosenberg said, "I am grateful to the Mellon Foundation for its support of these innovative curricular projects and for its continued endorsement of the distinctive mission of Macalester."

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,889 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellenceMacalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,889 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence.