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Misericordia Faculty Selected to Participate in NEH Summer Institutes

Misericordia Faculty Selected to Participate in NEH Summer Institutes

Richard Hancuff, PhD, Manager of Online Learning Systems and Adjunct Professor of English, and Lalaine Bangilan Little, PhD, Director of the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery and Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, have been selected for National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes.

Hancuff will spend three weeks at “Engaging Geography in the Humanities,” hosted by Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. This institute brings together geographers, humanists, and data scientists to learn and work to integrate tools such as 3D modeling, web mapping, and GIS in their research and teaching. Hancuff holds a PhD in English from George Washington University and specializes in national identity formation, particularly in African American and American literature.

Little will spend two weeks at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, studying “Ritual Arts in Hinduism and Buddhism.” Institute participants will visit nearby Hindu and Buddhist temples as well as visit collections at Harvard University to enrich their teaching of world religions practiced across South and Southeast Asia. Little holds a PhD in Art History from Binghamton University and specializes in artistic exchanges between Asia and Europe. Little’s courses include “Introduction to Global Architecture” and “Arts of Asia Pacific.” 

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. NEH Summer Institutes are tuition-free opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics. Participants are selected from a national applicant pool of full- or part-time faculty and receive a stipend to cover expenses.

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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 56 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the "National Universities" category of U.S. News and World Report's 2021 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes Misericordia as a 2021 "Best Northeastern" college, and Money Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2020-2021 "Best Colleges" list. College Consensus, the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education rank Misericordia among the top colleges and universities nationally.