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WHITTIER, CA (JANUARY 16, 2007) – Robert Marks, the college’s Richard and Billie Deihl Professor of History, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

The NEH announced its latest round of awards to scholars and institutions today. In all, 288 applicants will received more than $10 million in grants or matching funds for projects. Marks is one of six people to receive the Faculty Research Award which supports advanced research in the humanities. The award amount is $40,000 for the academic year 2007 to 2008. 

Marks will use the grant to write an environmental history of China, from antiquity to the present. The project will focus on how and whether land use over 3,000 years has impacted the Chinese environment. The completed book is expected to include explorations of how the Chinese economy, farming, and war shaped the nation’s environment. 

Robert B. Marks has taught at Whittier College since 1978. He is the author of numerous papers and books focusing on globalization and Chinese environmental history. His most recent book is Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-first Century. Marks has also been honored with the Harry Nerhood Teaching Excellence Award. Marks is fluent in Chinese. 

The NEH is a federally funded organization that supports research and education in the humanities. 

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service.  

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