Reading, Writing, and Teaching the Rust Belt: Co-creating Regional Humanities Ecosystems




Pepper Pike, OH


June 4-18, 2023


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience



The Rust Belt is often overlooked as "flyover" country and part of a dead, industrial past. Through the act of storytelling, we'll pull the Rust Belt into the dynamic present by focusing on the importance of regional storytelling and sense of place. Participants leave with new tools to equip their students to shape the future of the Rust Belt, identify and contribute to social solutions, and reimagine the role of the humanities within this sphere. Our work can be a model for ways to use the humanities to find new solutions and empower our students to become more productive citizens.

Project Director(s)

Katharine Trostel; Jacob Waldenmaier

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Lynn Ulatowski; Jenise Snyder; Bari Stith; Clark DeCapite; Valentino Zullo; Pamela McVay; Karen Long; Lytton Smith; Christopher Johnston; Chinenye Nkemere; Bethany Studenic; Raechel Anne Jolie; Dan Crissman; Evan Tachovsky; Allison Lukacsy-Love; Owusua Yamoah; LaShale Pugh; Yvonka Hall; Leslie Cade; Brandon Chrostowski; Karl Brunjes; Meredith Pangrace; Andria Hoy

Grantee Institution

Ursuline College

Funded through the Division of Education Programs