Congratulations to David Porter, professor of English and comparative literature and director of the Detroit River Story Lab, for being awarded seed grant funding for the Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Grand Research Challenge. The $5000 grant will support proposal development for a project focused on learning from and coordinating water-centered, humanistic public engagement efforts in the Great Lakes region. 

This initial project stage will be co-led by David Porter and Ingrid Diran. Porter brings to the project his scholarly expertise in narrative and transcultural studies and his extensive experience in academic leadership and innovative, public-facing program building. Co-PI Ingrid Diran, assistant professor of English at UW-Madison, brings to the project an interdisciplinary scholarly orientation and practical experience designing place-based curricula at U-M’s Great Lakes Arts, Cultures, and Environments program.

The seed grant is sponsored by HWW, based at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, an initiative supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan.