Altoona history professor awarded Project Development Grant

John Eicher

John Eicher

Credit: Penn State

ALTOONA, Pa. — John Eicher, assistant professor of history at Penn State Altoona, received a Project Development Grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

The grant will support Eicher’s project "The Sword Outside, the Plague Within: Influenza, War, and Religion, 1918-1920," which explores the cultural impact of the 1918 pandemic on rural communities in Europe, to better understand popular perceptions of science, religion, and folk cures at the beginning of western medicine’s “golden age.”

ACLS grants provide seed funding to support faculty at teaching-intensive colleges and universities whose proposed research projects have the potential to significantly advance areas of humanistic study. Each grantee will receive $5,000 to cover summer salary or other research- or project-related expenses.

Project Development Grants are a component of the ACLS Fellowship program funded by the ACLS endowment.