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Division of Arts and Humanities Receives $750,000 NEH Infrastructure Award

Triton Day 2018National Endowment for the Humanities matching grant is largest federal award to date for division, supporting growth of arts and humanities on campus

The arts and humanities will have a stronger and more influential presence on the University of California San Diego campus, thanks to a new $750,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The three-year, matching grant is the largest single award ever received by the university’s Division of Arts and Humanities from the NEH.

“With this support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, UC San Diego will become a leading voice in the national debate on the role of humanities in the 21st century, one that includes disciplined and expert engagement with the ethics and social impact of cutting-edge science,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.

First of its kind, the award is one of 29 nation-wide grants given by the NEH as part of their new Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants program, designed to leverage federal funding in order to create, strengthen and sustain humanities infrastructure. These grants require a match of nonfederal funds, and may be used toward construction and renovation projects. UC San Diego received the maximum amount eligible.

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“This funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities is a catalyst for UC San Diego, not only in supporting our fundraising goals but also in acknowledging that a top, public university serves its students best by giving them a well-rounded, complete education that includes arts and humanities as much as science and mathematics,” said Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta.

“There is no question that this support is instrumental in validating the humanities to students, faculty, alumni and the public at large,” she said.

The NEH infrastructure grant directly funds construction of a new location for the division’s Institute of Arts and Humanities, which includes the entire sixth floor of the Arts and Humanities Building in the forthcoming North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood. This location will, in part, serve as a center of interdisciplinary collaboration.

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