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Ramapo College National Endowment of the Humanities Grant Explores History of the Hudson River

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)July 2, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. — Ramapo College will host more than 60 educators from 30 states and Puerto Rico for a workshop entitled “The Hudson River in the 19th Century and The Modernization of America.”

The workshop, offered in two week-long sessions this summer (July 6-11 and July 13-18) is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture program for K-12 teachers. Meredith Davis, associate professor of the art history, and Stephen Rice, dean of the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies, authored the grant to fund the workshop. This is the third time Ramapo has received the prestigious NEH grant. Cumulatively, the grants exceed $500,000.  The College previously received grants in 2011 and 2013 to sponsor the program.

Participants will explore the Hudson River as an important site of American social and cultural activity in the nineteenth century. Faculty will include top scholars on the Hudson River’s environmental and human history, and on literary and artistic treatments of the river, from Washington Irving to the famed Hudson River painters. Each session will include visits to the significant sites along the river, including a boat journey through the Hudson Highlands.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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