About Pathways to Freedom

Pathways to Freedom: Mapping Civil Rights Oral Histories is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities. It grew out of a partnership between LIU Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Historical Society to bring first year college students into the archives to do primary research. Supported by a Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education Grant, the BHS project is called Students and Faculty in the Archives (SAFA). At LIU Brooklyn, four faculty members from English and History formed a learning community called Pathways to Freedom. Each year between forty-five and sixty first-year students participate in Pathways, learning about Brooklyn history with a focus on civil rights and human rights. The students also conduct interviews for the Pathways’ Brooklyn Civil Rights Oral History Collection, which forms the basis for the development of this mobile application and a series of short documentaries about the history of civil rights in Brooklyn.

Project Director:
Deborah Mutnick, Professor of English
Assistant Project Director
Sara Campbell
Videographer and Oral History Technician
Nelson Simon
Graduate Assistants
Kevin Foster, Kaya Arnoux
Technology Director
Christopher League, Associate Professor of Computer Science
LIU Computer Science Students
Jamie Brathwaite, Jiacheng Li
Web Designer
Richard Nau

Special thanks to Provost Gale Stevens Haynes, Dean of Libraries Valeda Dent, and VP for Technology Kamel Lecheheb

This project is made possible by a grant from the NEH Office of Digital Humanities