Purdue Professors get $445K in Federal Humanities Funding

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Two Purdue University history professors have landed federal grants totaling $445,000 to boost their efforts to advance black studies.

Assistant history professor Kim Gallon received more than $245,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, while associate history professor Cornelius Bynum received $200,000 from the agency for his work.

That funding will boost opportunities for both higher education scholars and high school educators to focus on black studies while incorporating digital technology.

Part of the Gallon's funding will support a summer institute that will involve 20 Africana or black studies scholars, students and librarians.

Bynum is collaborating with a Purdue social studies researcher on the summer institute, which will be a four-week program designed to help high school teachers incorporate African American history and culture into their classrooms.