Projects

Grants to Faculty

Faculty members, individually or as groups, are invited to consider ways in which endowment funds can support the integration of experiential processes into their own learning as well as the learning of their students. Recent grants have covered:

Faculty may also apply for summer stipends to pursue projects that meet the aims of the endowment.

Distinguished Visitors

Each year the Grant Endowment brings at least one distinguished scholar/practitioner involved in the verbal, kinesthetic, tactile, aural, and visual aspects of learning to give lectures and/or to lead workshops. The goal is to introduce all interested members of the Vassar community to various forms of embodied learning. Visitors may be invited for different periods of time, ranging from a day to a semester.

Howard Gardner
Howard Gardner
Twyla Tharp
Twyla Tharp
Bill T. Jones
Bill T. Jones
James Hillman
James Hillman
Vilayanur Ramachandran
Vilayanur
Ramachandran
Chungliang Al Huang
Chungliang
Al Huang
Kristen Linklatter
Kristen Linklater
Gerald Epstein
Gerald Epstein

The first such visitor funded by the Grant Endowment was Howard Gardner, who spent a full day on campus participating in discussion and activities designed to explore theories of multiple intelligences and their application to education. Subsequent distinguished visitors include Twyla Tharp and Bill T. Jones, noted avant-garde choreographers; James Hillman, archetypal psychologist and scholar of myth; Vilayanur Ramachandran, preeminent neurologist who integrates research on visual and sensual anomalies with the study of art, and Chungliang Al Huang, Daoist teacher and calligrapher. With additional support from the office of the dean of the Faculty in the Spring of 2005, the Endowment sponsored Kristin Linklater as artist in residence in the department of drama; an innovator in techniques for freeing the natural voice and connecting the voice to the body and its emotions. She taught a class on movement and voice for students and another for members of the faculty.

Outside the Classroom

Recognizing that a great deal of the learning that occurs during the college years happens outside the classroom, the Grant Endowment provides support for activities that enable students to strengthen connections between their course work and their experiences of creativity outside the classroom. Recently funded activities include: