Dillard professor Dr. Nancy Dixon awarded Mellon Periclean Faculty Leader Grant

Dr. Nancy Dixon

Dr. Nancy Dixon is an English professor and award-winning author. Photo: Apple.

   For Immediate Release
July 21, 2020

NEW ORLEANS— Dillard University’s Dr. Nancy Dixon, associate professor and program coordinator of English has been selected to receive the Mellon Periclean Faculty Leader grant. This exciting program connects the humanities and liberal arts learning to challenges facing the wider campus community and society more broadly. In collaboration with community partners, Mellon Periclean Faculty Leaders (PFLs) create courses across the humanities that incorporate community-based projects addressing six grand challenges: Climate Change, Education Access, Immigration, Mass Incarceration, Race and Inequality, and Voter Engagement. Project Pericles provides a grant of $4,000 for each PFL to support these civic engagement activities on their campus and in their communities.

“As a Dillard English professor, I have always believed in addressing social issues in my classes, and my students have always responded positively to such class discussions and writing assignments surrounding these issues. Literature is an ideal medium to address civic discourse,” Dr. Dixon said in a statement. “The Mellon Periclean Award will allow me to propose a new English course, Literature and Community Involvement, that would expand on my above experience and classroom engagement by working with One Book One New Orleans (OBONO), a campaign for literacy and community that calls on all New Orleans citizens to read the same book at the same time.”
 

This newly selected cohort of PFLs will spend 2020-2021 in conversation with their community partners to fine-tune their community-based projects and course requirements before the courses are taught in 2021-2022. The faculty represent a diverse and dynamic group of professors from recent Ph.D.s to full professors and department chairs in a wide range of disciplines including:  Asian Studies, Culture and Economy, Education, English, Environmental Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Latinx Studies, Media and Communications, Music, Peace and Social Justice Studies, Philosophy, Religion, Rhetoric Studies, Spanish, Theater, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

“I have worked with OBONO for years, and this English class will also take students outside the classroom to volunteer with Louisiana's Books 2 Prisoners organization as well as the Literary Alliance of Greater New Orleans and their Adult Literacy program. In other words, what we accomplish in the classroom as well as our community involvement in partnering with One Book One New Orleans is inline with Dillard's mission to "produce graduates who excel, become world leaders and are broadly educated, culturally aware, and concerned with improving the human condition,” Dixon concluded. 

For more information about Dr. Nancy Dixon and the Mellon Periclean Faculty Leader grant, please contact Lauren R.D. Fox, communications specialist (lfox@dillard.edu).

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