For Grantees: What Makes a Hero? Self, Society, and Rising to the Occasion

What Makes a Hero? Self, Society and Rising to the Occasion

Created by Maria Sachiko Cecire, Director of Experimental Humanities and Assistant Professor of Literature at Bard College, and Jennifer Mann, Teen Librarian at the Ypsilanti District Library.

Grantees may log in to view their original application, complete a schedule of programs, and work on the final report at our online application site. Additional resources for participating libraries are below.


  • Applications accepted online May 7 - July 9, 2018
  • Grant notification: By August 1, 2018
  • Programming Term: September 2018 - August 2019
  • Workshop for grantees: November 15 - 16, 2018 in Chicago, IL
  • Online final report due: September 30, 2019 or within 30 days of final program (preview the final report form or log in to begin)

Reading List

* denotes core texts, which are covered in the project workshop

  • * Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze
  • * Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
  • * Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
  • What Can(t) Wait by Ashley Hope Pérez
  • Buck: A Memoir by MK Asante

Programming Materials

Promotional Materials

Materials from the Workshop

Participating Libraries