North Central College in the News

North Central College’s receipt of two national grants featured in Positively Naperville and Naperville Patch

By Olivia Rosenberg '25

Jun 29, 2023

The College's faculty was awarded grants by prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities grants

In the second round of funding for 2023, North Central College was one of eight Illinois institutions to have received National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) grants. Among them, North Central College had the added distinction of having two separate faculty research projects awarded funding. One will lay groundwork for a new undergraduate health humanities minor at North Central. The other is a book about Italian immigration to the suburb of Chicago Heights, Illinois. 

Dr. Shaheen Moosa, associate professor of philosophy and assistant dean of interdisciplinary initiatives, is the Project Director of the first grant, a $35,000 Humanities Connections award.  Through faculty workshops, pilot courses, and consultation with community advisors and experts, Moosa will begin the “Building a Community of Care Through an Interdisciplinary Health Humanities Minor” project with co-project directors Dr. Jennifer Smith, chair and associate professor of English; Dr. Kristin Paloncy-Patel, program director and assistant professor of health science; and Dr. Mary Groll, MD, chair of the department of medical sciences. 

As Moosa and her team begin their project, Dr. Louis Corsino, professor of sociology, aims to finish his. Corsino is the recipient of the second grant — a $6,000 NEH Summer Stipend. With the funding, he will devote the summer to completing his book “’Hopelessly Alien,’ Italian Immigration to Chicago Heights, 1910-1950,” which explores the concept of hope as a force in the lives of immigrants. 

These two prestigious grants caught the eye of two local Naperville media outlets. Click below to read the full stories: