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19 Chancellor's Leadership Projects announced at SU

Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor announced $2 million in external funding SU recently received toward 19 Chancellor's Leadership Projects. The projects exemplify the University's vision of Scholarship in Action and bring together faculty, students and experts from various disciplines to address critical societal issues affecting the Central New York community and the larger world.

{Q}"These innovative projects represent the vanguard of Scholarship in Action: They seed sustainable opportunities for our scholars and students to cross boundaries, work on the frontiers of their disciplines, and collaborate with communities of experts to make an impact on the world," Cantor said.{Q}

In 2008, the Chancellor received a major award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York in recognition of her leadership and in support of the Scholarship in Action vision. In addition, she secured a significant grant from the John and Maureen Hendricks Foundation. She determined the most effective means to fulfill the spirit of these awards was to combine them to support faculty-led projects that exemplify SU's abiding commitment to bring its vast intellectual resources to bear on challenging questions and problems of our time. And so were born the Chancellor's Leadership Projects.

Funding is from the Carnegie Corporation ($500,000) and the Hendricks Foundation ($1 million) combined with additional support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and an anonymous donor. The University is fundraising to support similar future projects.

SU Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric F. Spina introduced the projects and project leaders in Hendricks Chapel prior to the Chancellor's annual address to the University community. Her presentation can be viewed in PowerPoint form at http://www.syr.edu/chancellor/speeches/index.html.

Following are descriptions of the 19 projects:

The LOCAL: Laboratory of Community, Arts, and Learning

Project Leaders: Jan Cohen-Cruz, University Professor/Imagining America; Tim Bond, SU Drama/Syracuse Stage

In searching for solutions to society's most vexing problems, local communities may need to look toward new avenues to inspire, enlighten and unite. The LOCAL project will explore the arts as a means for collective problem solving through campus- community partnerships in community workshops and performances. Performance workshops (or community dialogues) will be a vehicle for stakeholders from multiple disciplines and social contexts to identify the most pressing concerns and their solutions. Using the cultural assets of such facilities as Syracuse Stage, touring productions will emerge through the work of community members, performing artists, and student and faculty partners, seeking to address the common goal. Productions will showcase the findings in public spaces, including venues along the Connective Corridor. LOCAL will develop community engagement curriculum to draw in students from various disciplines, matching their skills to the specific issues to be solved.

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