Course Development Grants (Fall & Spring 2017)

The Language, Arts and Media Program (LAMP) and the Archives Alive Initiative invite proposals for course development grants for Spring 2017 and Fall 2017.

Deadline for proposals: Friday, May 27, 2016

About the Grant

The Archives Alive Initiative creates courses that enable undergraduate students to develop innovative and significant projects based on original materials held in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Open to students in all years, Archives Alive courses expose students to advanced research practices across a range of humanistic and social science disciplines.

The Duke Language, Arts and Media Program (LAMP) is a new undergraduate program focused on building strong, contemporary communication skills in our students. LAMP will provide course development funds to Duke faculty to organize new courses or modify existing courses for inclusion in the Archives Alive course offerings. Successful applications will facilitate student engagement with archival and rare book materials in the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection and/or the Duke University Archives, held in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and foster student skills in one (or more) of the following ways:

  • Research as critical evaluation across media. Includes teaching students to make informed decisions about different types of sources and the critical consumption of media, such as print, video, audio, images, and social media.
  • Composing across media. Includes teaching students how to create and communicate knowledge across media, including alphabetic text (written essay), audio (podcast), image (photo essay), video (digital story), and oral presentations.
  • Public Engagement. Includes helping students understand and gain practice in participatory citizenship through creating and sharing knowledge with publics beyond the classroom.

About the Collections

The largest collection of women’s history material previously in private hands, the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection includes many well-known monuments of women’s history and arts, as well as lesser-known works produced by female scholars, printers, publishers, laborers, scientists, authors, artists, and political activists. Taken together, they comprise a mosaic of the ways that women have been productive, creative, and socially engaged over more than five hundred years. The materials range in date from a 1240 manuscript documenting a respite home for women in Italy to a large collection of letters and manuscripts by the 20th-century anarchist Emma Goldman. The majority of the materials were created between the mid-15th and mid-20th centuries. The work of processing the Collection began in late 2015 and will take several years to complete. Materials are available as soon as they have been cataloged. The best place to discover the cataloged material is in the Newly Cataloged Items feed on the bottom left corner of the Baskin Collection website.

The Duke University Archives is the official repository of the University, and is committed to documenting the administration and activities of Duke. The University Archives contains records of administrative and academic departments, faculty and staff, student groups, and personal papers, in addition to University publications. Research in the University Archives provides insight into institutional and social changes, conflicts and resolutions, and the individuals who had an impact on what the institution is today.  


We welcome joint proposals from working groups within a single department or program, across departments, or proposals from single individuals. Both regular and non-regular rank faculty are eligible to apply.

Grant support of up to $3,000 will be awarded for:

  • Graduate assistant support; undergraduate student work support
  • Travel and meeting costs
  • Costs of outside speakers/consultants
  • Computer hardware and software (Note: per Duke policy, equipment remains the property of the university.
  • Stipends payable in research funds (but not course release) for participating instructors

All grant recipients will work closely with Trudi Abel, Archives Alive director and Rubenstein Library curators Valerie Gillespie and Amy McDonald (University Archives) and Laura Micham and Kelly Wooten (Bingham Center), to develop their courses and discuss archival collections and with LAMP directors as necessary; they will also submit a closing reflection in the form of a blog post.

How to Apply

Proposals should be submitted electronically by May 27, 2016 to Trudi Abel ( and Kristen Neuschel, LAMP Director ( and should include as a single pdf document:

  • A four-page (maximum) narrative that describes: (1) the LAMP pedagogical goals that the course will implement, (2) the course(s) to be developed or adapted, (3) the Rubenstein collection and source types students will investigate, including proposed assignments or student research, and (4) anticipated learning outcomes for students. Note that the proposed course must draw on either the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection or the Duke University Archives.
  • a proposed budget
  • a CV (max. 2 pages) for each participating instructor

Notifications about awards will be sent to applicants by June 15, 2016.